A two-time Arizona State high school champion and NCAA Premier League All-American, a very powerful Justin Gaethje began his amateur career in mixed martial arts while in college. He turned professional in 2011 and joined the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) in 2013, where he became lightweight champion. He defended his WSOF belt five times before leaving it to join the UFC, Ultimate Fighting Championship, in 2017. These days, the 33-year-old has been #3 in the official UFC lightweight rankings in 2022. But who is the girlfriend or wife of the American professional mixed martial arts athlete? Who is Justin Gaethje’s girlfriend, the woman who supports the man who currently competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship? Let’s find out!
Justin Gaethje’s Girlfriend: Who Is She? Does She Even Exist?
Who is Justin Gaethje’s girlfriend?
Fans of MMA and UFC always want to know more about the personal lives of their favorite celebrities so it comes as no surprise that Justin Gaethje’s personal life is questioned from time to time.
Currently, none of us can find out if the fighter has any girlfriends as women in his life are always kept a secret. We do not know if he has a crush on anyone because Justin has never revealed the identity of his girl to anyone.
His fans could get a glimpse into this love life once he settles down with a serious relationship.
This girl is rumored to be Justin Gaethje’s girlfriend:
We do not know if this is the actual face of Justin Gaethje’s girlfriend but the way the two of them are posing makes it seem like the two of them are dating. However, this is the only photo of the two of them as on Justin Gaethje’s Instagram there are no images of any girls. The Lightweight fighter likes to keep his personal life away from the media limelight and is pretty successful in doing so because his social media only features his work.
Other Interesting Facts About Justin Gaethje:
His wrestling style was made for TV:
Gaethje has some of the best wrestling experiences at UFC lightweight because, despite his training and skill as a wrestler, he rarely seeks takedowns, instead preferring a stand-up fighting style that appeals to the viewer.
Justin Gaethje is well known for his incredible knockout power and his leg throws that exhaust the opponent which is so entertaining too.
When asked after his loss to Poirier in 2018 why he didn’t use his wrestling skills in the fight, Gaethje replied, “I’ve wrestled all my life. I should have and could have dragged him to the ground two or three times… For some reason my mind won’t allow me to do it… As long as I get tired, I like to be fighting rather than struggling. That’s why I never wanted to fight.
His fight with Poirier taught him about entertainment and money:
In an interview with ESPN in 2020, Gaethje said he realized after his transition from wrestling to mixed martial arts that while the wins were still big, he could make more money entertaining fans.
As he put it, “You can see guys on the circuit 13-0 out of 13 decisions barely making $5,000 to fight because no one is watching. I got opportunities on the biggest stages because of the way I fought. There wasn’t a moment when I didn’t want to win a belt but I wanted to make money and the surest way to make it in this sport was to make a splash.
According to Trevor Wittman, Gaethje’s coach, the back-to-back losses to Alvarez and Poirier prompted his athlete to change his mindset saying that the wrestler now takes less risk and chooses more when to trade punches.
“After those two losses,” Wittman said, “I asked him if his goal was still to be the most sensational fighter in the world. And he said, ‘Not really, Coach. I want to be a UFC champion'”.
He has a bachelor’s degree:
Justin Gaethje received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and Human sciences from the University of Northern Colorado. He planned to become a social worker to help vulnerable teenagers. At the same time, Justin Gaethje was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I All-American while attending the University of Northern Colorado.
He used to have very bad eyesight:
The UFC fighter underwent a keratectomy photorefractive surgery to correct his vision. The wrestler himself stated: “I used to be almost blind. I had terrible eyesight. One eye was 20/50 and the other 20/200. I was farsighted in one eye and nearsighted in the other”, this would have made it impossible to fight because one cannot wear glasses in the ring.
In 2016 during an interview for Inside the Octagon, Dan Hardy claimed that before the surgery, Gaethje “had such poor vision that he actually had to be in physical contact with his opponent to know what he was hitting.”
As a student, Gaethje was a top wrestler in his weight class:
Justin Gaethje began wrestling as a child and continued to hone his wrestling skills at school, where he was able to become Arizona state champion twice in his age group. Gaethje’s athletic accomplishments in wrestling helped him get into college on a scholarship.
At the same time, Gaethje began to take an interest in mixed martial arts which changed his life, Justin Gaethje’s net worth, and his bank account to another level. The 33-year-old currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight division.
He debuted while studying at the University of Northern Colorado:
His professional MMA debut took place on August 20, 2011, in his first fight it took him just over a minute to knock out Kevin Krum. After scoring 7 debut victories in various commercial promotions, Gaethje signed a contract with the WSOF. Justin Gaethje continues to make headway in the lightweight division with a new promotion. After scoring three starting victories, he received a title shot for the WSOF lightweight championship which he partook in on December 2, 2012.
2014 was a life-changing year (from MMA to UFC):
Justin Gaethje made his UFC debut on July 7, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale in Las Vegas. His opponent in the main fight of the evening was Michael Johnson. Geydzhi knocked out his opponent in the second round. In the next two fights, Gaethje lost to his opponents – he was knocked out by the more experienced Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez.
His 2020 fight was very random:
On May 9, 2020, Justin Gaethje unexpectedly met in a duel with Tony Ferguson. The fact is that Ferguson’s opponent in the fight at UFC 249 was supposed to be the reigning lightweight champion Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, but due to the closure of the borders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Nurmagomedov could not take part in the fight and was replaced by Gaethje.
Collegiate fighting is his favorite:
Gaethje said he would force Nurmagomedov to trade blows with him, When asked about his strategy in a potential fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Nothing will happen around the cage. We will fight in the center of the octagon… I only fight collegiate style. I very rarely wrestle freestyle. In collegiate style, I think the biggest point is that you are allowed to expose your back without conceding points, which involves scrums on the ground. A guy like him, with what he’s done all his life, could never expose his back to get out of a takedown because he’d concede points, and that’s the first thing you learn in freestyle which is not to expose your back. These guys, too, never have to stand up. They only go to the ground for 15 seconds, then they get up automatically. In collegiate wrestling, you are rewarded for standing up and getting clear. You can’t pin me to the ground. I will stand up and fight scrums on the ground differently than Nurmagomedov has ever known”, stated the Arizona native.