Justin Gaethje

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Win24-4Rafael FizievDecision (Majority)UFC 28618/03/2023
Loss23-4Charles OliveiraSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 2747/05/22
Win23-3Michael ChandlerDecision (unanimous)UFC 2686/11/2021
Loss22-3Khabib NurmagomedovTechnical Submission (triangle choke)UFC 25424/10/2020
Win22-2Tony FergusonTKO (punch)UFC 24909/05/2020
Win21-2Donald CerroneTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje14/09/2019
Win20-2Edson BarbozaKO (punch)UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje30/03/2019
Win19-2James VickKO (punch)UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick25/08/2018
Loss18-2Dustin PoirierTKO (punches)UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje14/04/2018
Loss18-1Eddie AlvarezKO (knee)UFC 21802/12/2017
Win18-0Michael JohnsonTKO (punches and knees)The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale07/07/2017
Win17-0Luiz FirminoTKO (doctor stoppage)WSOF 3431/12/2016
Win16-0Brian FosterTKO (leg kicks)WSOF 2912/03/2016
Win15-0Luis PalominoTKO (punches)WSOF 2318/09/2015
Win14-0Luis PalominoTKO (leg kicks and punches)WSOF 1928/03/2015
Win13-0Melvin GuillardDecision(split)WSOF 1515/11/2014
Win12-0Nick NewellTKO (punches)WSOF 1105/07/2014
Win11-0Richard PatishnockTKO (punches and elbows)WSOF 818/01/2014
Win10-0Dan LauzonKO (punches)WSOF 628/10/2013
Win9-0Brian CobbTKO (leg kicks)WSOF 314/06/2013
Win8-0Gesias CavalcanteTKO (doctor stoppage)WSOF 223/03/2013
Win7-0Adrian ValdezTKO (punches)Rage in the Cage 16416/11/2012
Win6-0Drew FickettKO (punch)Rage in the Cage 16320/10/2012
Win5-0Sam YoungSubmission (rear-naked choke)Rage in the Cage 16229/09/2012
Win4-0Marcus EdwardsDecision (unanimous)ROF 43: Bad Blood02/06/2012
Win3-0Donnie BellTKO (punches)ROF 42: Who's Next17/12/2011
Win2-0Joe KelsoTKO (punches)BTT MMA 2: Genesis01/10/2011
Win1-0Kevin CroomKO (slam)ROF 41: Bragging Rights20/08/2011

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

Gaethje has also endorsed many brands in the past. These include Bulge Clothing,?Saratoga Casinos,?Gladiators Unleashed, and recently?Gains in Bulk.

'The Highlight' also heavily endorses?ONX Sports, a company started by his coach. Moreover, he has his own brand,?Violent 1.

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 NameJustin Ray Gaethje
Birth DateNovember 14, 1988
Birth PlaceStafford, Arizona
Nick Name?The Highlight
Height5' 11"
Weight155 lbs / Lightweight
Net Worth$4M
Profession?UFC Fighter
ParentsCarolina, John Ray Gaethje
SiblingsMarcus Gaethje
Marital StatusUnmarried

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