Justin Gaethje Biography

February 18, 2020
First published on:February 18, 2020
by Sulav

Facts of Justin Gaethje

Birth Name Justin Ray Gaethje
Birth Place Safford, Arizona
Father john Ray Gaethje
Mother Carolina
Nationality American

Justin Gaethje is a American professional mixed martial artist. Justin fights for the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of 2020, he is ranked #four by UFC lightweight division. Justin has appeared in 23 bouts so far winning 21 of them and hs faced losses in 2 fights.

Justin Gaethje was born on November 14, 1988, in Safford, Arizona. He started his wrestling career at the age of four. He was four times finalist and won the Arizona state champion twice as a wrestler. Justin joined Safford High School and later attended the University of Northern Colorado to complete his bachelor’s degree in Human Services. He chose human service faculty with the intention of involving or doing social service. 

How much does Justin Gaethje Earn from UFC?

Justin Gaethje's total earnings from his MMA career is reported to be more than $2 million while he earned $1,954,500 fighting in the WSOF and UFC. Gaethje was engaged in World Series of Fighting from 2013 to 2016 where he earned about $540,000. His initial pay in the promotion was $12,000 but was able to pocket $140,000 in his last bout against Luiz Firmino.

Justin aka The Highlight appeared in The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale in 2017 where he defeated Michael Johnson. He was paid $302,500 including show about and bonuses and also earned a ticket to the UFC.

WSOF Fight Earnings:

Events Salary/ Earnings
WSOF 2  $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)*
WSOF 3 $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)
WSOF 6  $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)*
WSOF 8 $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)
WSOF 11 $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)*
WSOF 15  $52,500 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus, $12,500 from Guillard for missing weight)
WSOF 19 $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 win bonus)
WSOF 23  $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 win bonus)
WSOF 29 $120,000 ($60,000 to show, $60,000 win bonus)*
WSOF 34 $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 win bonus)*

The Arvada, Colorado native made his debut in the UFC against the former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. Despite the loss, he earned $165,000 ($110,000 to show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship).

Justin most recently fought Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje in September 2019. He was paid $315,000 and was also awarded the performance of the night bonus.

Justin Gaethje promoting Audi car on Instagram SOURCE: [email protected]_gaethje

Justin Gaethje has not only incremented his net worth through his fight, but he also makes additional earnings through bonus sponsors and investment. Besides, Gaethje has an investment in a clothing line called Violet. Moreover, he endorses Audi and has shared several photos of Audi car on his Instagram.

Relationship Status; Who is Gaethje dating?

Currently, Justin Gaethje is unmarried and reportedly not in a relationship. He is a famous Fighter so many girls hang out with him and in social media, he frequently posted about his work, fitness, and his parents. However, he has not posted any kind of dating activities in social, media.

Justin reached the age of thirty so he might be looking for a relationship, but right now he is single he is just only focusing on his MMA career.

Justin Gaethje with his family SOURCE: Eastern Arizona Courier

Justin's father John Ray Gaethje, is of German descent while his mother Carolina is of Mexican descent. His mother Carolina was a postmaster while his father John Ray Gaethje was a copper miner. 

Professional Career

Justin started his MMA career during his studies in Northern Colorado. He fought for the University of Northern Colorado as a junior. In 2013, Justin joined the World Series of fighting and made a debut in WSOF 2. Later, Gaethje fought against Michael Johnson at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale. He won this fight which helped him to earn the title of a fight of the night. 

Video: Justin Gaethje highlights

The UFc lightweight made his debut in UFc against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 in December 2017. He lost the fight via KO in round 3. He then fought Dustin Poirier in April 2018 but was again defeated via TKO. Justin registered his first win against James Vick at UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick in August 2018.

Gaethje then had bouts Edson Barboza and Donald Cerrone. He won both fights both via knockout. He has MMA record of 21 wins and 2 losses out of 23 as of February 2020.

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