Justin Gaethje: Net Worth 2023, Record, Salary, and Endorsements
Justin Gaethje: Net Worth 2023
Justin 'The Highlight' Gaethje is undoubtedly one of the most coveted names in the UFC. The 34-year-old is known for his heavy striking inside the octagon, which was even acknowledged by the UFC boss, Dana White. Looking at the massive stature of the Arizona born, it's quite evident that he will be one of the well-paid athletes in the UFC. As far as reports suggest, the noted UFC lightweight currently boasts a net worth of $4M.
As known to most UFC fans, the income of a fighter might vary with each fight. Gaethje wasn't an exception to this case. 'The Highlight' made about $165,000 for his first UFC fight against Eddie Alvarez. While the income from his final UFC fight against Charles Oliveira stands at a whopping $356,000.
Gaethje earned the biggest fight purse of his entire UFC career after his bout against Khabib 'The Eagle' Nurmagomedov. Reportedly, 'The Higlight' pocketed a massive $1.2M after his Nurmagomedov fight. As per 'Celebrity Net Worth', his current net worth is $4 million.
Justin Gaethje: Career
Gaethje started off in the field of combat sports with Wrestling. He began wrestling at the tender age of 4 and continued it till his collegiate years, but never opted to turn a professional in it.
He also won the school-level state championship twice during his time at Safford High School. At the time of his graduation from high school, Gaethje held an insane 191-9 record. He also opted to join the University of Northern Colorado under an NCAA Division I program post his schooling years. In his initial year, 'The Highlight' held an 18-9 record.
He improved it to 14-4 in his second year and was enlisted for Western Wrestling All-Conference First Team. In his final year, he won the true-second spot in the NCAA Western Regional Championships and ended with a 17-8 record.
Gaethje's transition to MMA saw him fighting for multiple promotions. He had fought for the noted promotions Ring of Fire, Rage in the Cage, and World Series of Fighting. 'The Highlight' also boasts a stupendous undefeated record in his 10 WSOF bouts.
Gaethje signed with the UFC in 2017 and fought Michael Johnson and won via TKO. Unfortunately, Gaethje?s succumbed to two back-to-back losses against elite lightweight fighters ? Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez. But, 'The Highlight' made a strong comeback and went on a four-fight win streak before getting defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Post that loss, he won against Michael Chandler but faced another devastating loss against Charles Oliveira. He tapped out Charles Oliveira's rear-naked choke in the very first round.
'The Highlight' then faced Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286 and won the fight via majority decision. Gaethje also received a 'Fight of the Night' bonus for this fight.
Gaethje is now set to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 291 for the BMF title. The fight is a rematch for their earlier bout where Poirier came out with a win.
Justin Gaethje's Fighting Style
A lot of UFC fans would agree Gaethje is one of the most exciting mixed martial artists on the planet. However, he lacked technicality before. His brawling style cost him badly. After his losses to Poirier and Alvarez, Gaethje changed his style to some extent. He now picks his shots carefully and does not throw caution to the wind. Fans now call him??Patience Gaethje.?
Gaethje has yet to utilize offensive wrestling in his fights. Although he is a great wrestler, the American fighter does not use his wrestling. He only uses it to defend takedown attempts by his opponents. He has claimed that he gasses out?faster if he uses his wrestling.
Gaethje still puts a high pace on his opponents. That said, he also times his shots well and does not burn himself out. Apart from his heavy hand striking, he has the most devastating leg kicks in the game.
Justin Gaethje: Achievements
As of now, his record stands at?24-4-0. Gaethje has won seven 'Fight of the Night' and four 'Performance of the Night' bonuses in eleven UFC appearances. And he is the first fighter to win at least one bonus in their first seven fights. Besides, he is a former WSOF lightweight champion.
Justin Gaethje: Body Measurements, Dietary Plans, Workout Routines
Justin Gaethje is 5'11'' with a 70-inch reach and also boasts a 40-inch leg reach. '
'The Highlight' used to have no nutritionist and worked on his own to get his dietary needs. However, before the Michael Chandler bout, he?hired?a nutritionist and looked amazing.
The Arizona-based wrestler works on his cardio, kickboxing, and boxing skills. Besides, wrestling and jiu-jitsu are a big part of his regime.
Justin Gaethje: MMA Records
Gaethje holds an astonishing 24-4 record in MMA. if we put his record in a tabular form, it would look like:
|Win||24-4||Rafael Fiziev||Decision (Majority)||UFC 286||18/03/2023|
|Loss||23-4||Charles Oliveira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 274||7/05/22|
|Win||23-3||Michael Chandler||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 268||6/11/2021|
|Loss||22-3||Khabib Nurmagomedov||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 254||24/10/2020|
|Win||22-2||Tony Ferguson||TKO (punch)||UFC 249||09/05/2020|
|Win||21-2||Donald Cerrone||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje||14/09/2019|
|Win||20-2||Edson Barboza||KO (punch)||UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje||30/03/2019|
|Win||19-2||James Vick||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick||25/08/2018|
|Loss||18-2||Dustin Poirier||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje||14/04/2018|
|Loss||18-1||Eddie Alvarez||KO (knee)||UFC 218||02/12/2017|
|Win||18-0||Michael Johnson||TKO (punches and knees)||The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale||07/07/2017|
|Win||17-0||Luiz Firmino||TKO (doctor stoppage)||WSOF 34||31/12/2016|
|Win||16-0||Brian Foster||TKO (leg kicks)||WSOF 29||12/03/2016|
|Win||15-0||Luis Palomino||TKO (punches)||WSOF 23||18/09/2015|
|Win||14-0||Luis Palomino||TKO (leg kicks and punches)||WSOF 19||28/03/2015|
|Win||13-0||Melvin Guillard||Decision(split)||WSOF 15||15/11/2014|
|Win||12-0||Nick Newell||TKO (punches)||WSOF 11||05/07/2014|
|Win||11-0||Richard Patishnock||TKO (punches and elbows)||WSOF 8||18/01/2014|
|Win||10-0||Dan Lauzon||KO (punches)||WSOF 6||28/10/2013|
|Win||9-0||Brian Cobb||TKO (leg kicks)||WSOF 3||14/06/2013|
|Win||8-0||Gesias Cavalcante||TKO (doctor stoppage)||WSOF 2||23/03/2013|
|Win||7-0||Adrian Valdez||TKO (punches)||Rage in the Cage 164||16/11/2012|
|Win||6-0||Drew Fickett||KO (punch)||Rage in the Cage 163||20/10/2012|
|Win||5-0||Sam Young||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rage in the Cage 162||29/09/2012|
|Win||4-0||Marcus Edwards||Decision (unanimous)||ROF 43: Bad Blood||02/06/2012|
|Win||3-0||Donnie Bell||TKO (punches)||ROF 42: Who's Next||17/12/2011|
|Win||2-0||Joe Kelso||TKO (punches)||BTT MMA 2: Genesis||01/10/2011|
|Win||1-0||Kevin Croom||KO (slam)||ROF 41: Bragging Rights||20/08/2011|
Justin Gaethje?s Career Earnings
If one goes through a year-by-year analysis of 'The Highlight's' career earnings, one will find that his yearly earnings topped in 2020, where he earned a whopping $2.1M.
- Justin Gaethje?s Salary In 2013 ? $55,000
- Justin Gaethje?s Salary In 2014 ? $102,000
- Justin Gaethje?s Salary In 2015 ? $180,000
- Justin Gaethje?s Salary In 2016 ? $280,000
- Justin Gaethje?s Salary In 2017 ? $468,000
- Justin Gaethje?s Salary In 2018 ? $437,000
- Justin Gaethje?s Salary In 2019 ? $609,000
- Justin Gaethje?s Salary In 2020 ? $2.1 Million
- Justin Gaethje?s Salary In 2021 ? $556,000
- Justin Gaethje?s Salary In 2022 ? $652,000
Justin Gaethje: Businesses and Endorsements in 2023
After he is done fighting, Gaethje wants to put his Human Services degree to good use. Furthermore, he has shown interest in working with at-risk youth.
In December 2019, Gaethje paid the lunch debt for the entire semester of all students of West Early College. According to the college?s?Facebook post, Gaethje also wrote a? $1,538.00 check for the cause.
Personal Life of Justin Gaethje
Justin Gaethje was born in the city of Safford, Arizona.? He has German-Mexican roots as his mother, Carolina, hailed from Sonora, Mexico. His father, John Ray Gaethje carried a German origin. His father and grandfather worked in a copper mine in Morenci, Arizona, a small town near the border of New Mexico. While his mother was a postmaster. Gaethje also has a twin brother named Marcus.
Gaethje started wrestling at a very young age. While in school, he competed in wrestling tournaments. During his time at Stafford High School, Gaethje became the Arizona State Wrestling champion twice.
Gaethje then studied at the University of Northern Colorado. He?qualified for the NCAA Division 1 championship. In 2010, he earned the D1 All-American status.
|Full Name||Justin Ray Gaethje|
|Birth Date||November 14, 1988|
|Birth Place||Stafford, Arizona|
|Nick Name?||The Highlight|
|Weight||155 lbs / Lightweight|
|Parents||Carolina, John Ray Gaethje|