Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje's Professional MMA debut
Gaethje made his professional debut against Kevin Croom on August 20, 2011, fighting on the main card of ROF 41: Bragging Rights!.
He made a winning start to his career, defeating Kevin Croom who carried a 4-2-0 professional MMA record into the fight.
Justin Gaethje beat Kevin Croom by KO/TKO at 1:01 of Round 1.
Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje's Ultimate Fighting Championship Career
Gaethje made his debut in the UFC against Michael Johnson on July 7, 2017, fighting on the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale having compiled a 17-0-0 professional MMA record.
Justin Gaethje beat Michael Johnson by KO/TKO at 4:48 of Round 2. Justin Gaethje took home an extra bonus after being awarded with Performance of the Night as well as Fight of the Night.
Since his debut, Gaethje has gone on to fight a total of 10 more times in the UFC. His UFC record stands at 6-4-0.
Winning the belt: UFC Interim Lightweight Championship against Tony Ferguson
Gaethje won the UFC Interim Lightweight Championship defeating Tony Ferguson on May 9, 2020 at UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje.
This was Gaethje's 1st UFC championship fight.
Justin Gaethje beat Tony Ferguson by KO/TKO at 3:39 of Round 5. Justin Gaethje took home an extra bonus after being awarded with Performance of the Night as well as Fight of the Night.
Failed UFC title challenge: UFC Lightweight Championship loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov
Gaethje lost his 1st lightweight title challenge, losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov on October 24, 2020 at UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje.
Justin Gaethje lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov by Submission at 1:34 of Round 2.
Failed UFC title challenge: UFC Vacant Lightweight Championship loss to Charles Oliveira
Gaethje lost his 1st lightweight title challenge, losing to Charles Oliveira on May 7, 2022 at UFC 274: Oliveira vs. Gaethje.
Justin Gaethje lost to Charles Oliveira by Submission at 3:22 of Round 1.
When was Justin Gaethje's last win?
Gaethje's last win came against Michael Chandler at UFC 268 on Saturday November 6, 2021. Justin Gaethje beat Michael Chandler by Decision at 5:00 of Round 3. Both fighters earned a post-fight bonus, after the bout was awarded Fight of the Night.