Stats & Records
Wins by Knockout
First Round Finishes
- Sig. Strikes Landed
- Sig. Strikes Attempted
- Takedowns Landed
- Takedowns Attempted
- Sig. Str. Defense is the percentage of significant strikes attempted against a fighter that do not land.
- Takedown defense is the percentage of takedowns attempted against a fighter that do not land.
- Knockdown Avg. is the average number of knockdowns per 15 Minutes window.
Sig. Str. By Position
Sig. Str. by target
Win by Method
- Pro since 2011
- 19 wins by KO, one by submission (RNC)
- Nine first round finishes
- Has won five of his last seven
- Owns wins over UFC vets Drew Fickett, Dan Lauzon, Melvin Guillard, Brian Foster and Brian Cobb
- Has also defeated PRIDE vet Luiz Firmino and Strikeforce vet JZ Cavalcante
UFC 274 (5/7/22) Gaethje was submitted by Charles Oliveira via rear naked choke at 3:22 of the first round. Oliveira missed weight for the bout and was forced to relinquish the belt. With Gaethje’s loss, the belt became vacant
UFC 268 (11/6/21) Gaethje won a three-round unanimous decision over Michael Chandler
UFC 254 (10/24/20) Gaethje was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov via triangle choke at 1:34 of the second round in a fight for the UFC lightweight title
UFC 249 (5/9/20) Gaethje stopped Tony Ferguson via strikes at 3:39 of the fifth round to win the interim UFC lightweight title
UFC Fight Night (9/14/19) Gaethje stopped Donald Cerrone via strikes at 4:18 of the first round
UFC on ESPN (3/30/19) Gaethje knocked out Edson Barboza at 2:30 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (8/25/18) Gaethje knocked out James Vick at 1:27 of the first round
UFC on FOX (4/14/18) Gaethje was stopped by Dustin Poirier via strikes at :33 of the fourth round
UFC 218 (12/2/17) Gaethje was knocked out by Eddie Alvarez at 3:59 of the third round
TUF 25 Finale (7/7/17) Gaethje stopped Michael Johnson via strikes at 4:48 of the second round
When and why did you start training for fighting? I grew up wrestling and fighting was never something I ever dreamed about doing. I was never in a streetfight, and then I started fighting amateur fights in college and won seven in a row and after college I turned pro and I haven’t lost one. I just wanted to be the best at whatever I was doing, and that’s put me in this great position that I’m in right now.
What ranks and titles have you held? Former interim UFC lightweight champion, World Series of Fighting lightweight champion (five successful title defenses)
Do you have any heroes? My parents
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s definitely something special to me, but the way that I’m approaching this is that this fight is no different than the very first fight I ever had.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? University of Northern Colorado. I am an internship away from completing my Bachelors degree in Human Services
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a student and then I would take random jobs. I worked in demolition, I did painting, I was a bouncer at a billiards club, so anything to be able to keep training and to follow my goal.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 7-0 MMA record, 2010 Division I All-American, finished seventh in NCAA tournament
Favorite grappling technique: Blast double leg
Favorite Striking technique: Uppercut