Justin Gaethje “chased a dog so he could bite him when he was just two years old,” reveals his mother, who tells how fearless the UFC 249 champion was as a child
- Justin Gaethje stole the show at UFC 249 with his win over Tony Ferguson
- Ferguson, the favorite, was second best when The Highlight dominated
- He has earned the reputation of being fearless and up to any challenge
- Gaethje’s mom has revealed that her son was once hunted and bitten by a dog
Justin Gaethje has long been about to break into the UFC elite, with most fans viewing his rise to the top of the lightweight division as an inevitability.
And on Saturday night, The Highlight announced himself as the No. 1 threat to the throne of Khabib Nurmagomedov in a show of full domination of Tony Ferguson in Jacksonville at UFC 249. Gaethje secured a fifth round technical knockout win over the interim lightweight title.
Gaethje’s performance came as a surprise to some, but to those who followed the 31-year-old’s career, they knew he wouldn’t fade under the pressure of El Cucuy at the only major sporting event in the United States.
Justin Gaethje stole the show at UFC 249 with a career-best performance in Jacksonville
The 31-year-old dominated Tony Ferguson and firmly set himself at number one
The Arizona-born mixed martial artist has earned the reputation of not being scared under any circumstances and stood up to the prospect of meeting one of the most feared men in the organization in Ferguson, who had 12 fights on the spider before Saturday had won.
And Gaethje’s mother, Carolina, has revealed that her son’s fearlessness came from a very young age.
She said ESPN that when Gaethje was only two years old, he chased and bit a puppy who had bitten him.
Gaethje’s mom, Caroline (left), recalls how her son once chased a puppy who bit him to bite him back at age two and showed the 31-year-old’s fearless character
That anecdote speaks of Gaethje’s character to take on any challenge for him. He’s earned nine combat bonuses so far with his seven UFC fights, speaking loudly about his no-nonsense, fearless style that gets fans going.
He hopes to earn another fighting bonus after his next game, which is likely to be against Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title. The Russian is one of the most terrifying prospects in the UFC, having won all 28 of his MMA matches.
Gaethje’s Saturday night performance became all the more impressive with his total control over Ferguson on his feet, and was able to avert the threat of being taken to the canvas and submitting.
Gaethje will probably face Khabib Nurmagomedov for a chance to win the lightweight belt
Against Nurmagomedov, the American will have to suppress an assault of elimination attempts, although his wrestling background may come in handy.
But Gaethje is ready for the match against Nurmagomedov, who shares the same agent, Ali Abdelaziz.
“I fought the best in the world, Khabib is the best in the world,” he said.
“I have been working on challenges like this since I was four and I am happy to represent the United States of America against Dagestan or the best in Russia.
“He’s 28-0 and I don’t want any other challenge right now, I want to fight with him.”