He&rsquos | Unbeaten Gaethje Ready To Jump Into UFC Deep End

@ufc Lets C one of the “big league boys” put me to sleep. I want the scariest lightweight possible first. This 0 has to go! Contract signed

Those that haven’t followed Gaethje’s career are probably excited right about now; those who have were already excited at the prospect of seeing “The Highlight” in the Octagon, and rightfully so.

Unbeaten in 17 pro fights, the 28-year-old Arizona native is a former Division I All-American wrestler for the University of Northern Colorado, but he’s not trying to grapple his opponents if he doesn’t have to. He’s seeking a knockout at all times and at all costs, and 14 times he hit his mark. It’s earned him accolades unique to the fight game as one of the most violent competitors in the sport, but when asked him about it, he has to explain the Dr. Jekyll part of his personality before he discusses Mr. Hyde.

That philosophy earned him the World Series of Fighting lightweight title in 2014, and he successfully defended that belt five times. Add in that he’s defeated UFC vets Drew Fickett , Dan Lauzon , Melvin Guillard , Brian Foster and Brian Cobb , as well as the likes of Luiz Firmino , JZ Cavalcante and Luis Palomino, and it’s clear that he’s ready for the big show and everything that comes along with it.

“I knew that the UFC was where the elite fought, and if I put myself in the position where I was an elite fighter, I would fight those guys eventually,” he said. “After a while, the only people that wanted to fight me (in WSOF) were the people that I had beaten, tough guys like Palomino and Foster, and those are lose-lose fights for me. I need fresh meat and I was starting to become a hazard to my health because I was not able to get up for the training camps or the fights. And now, every day I’m waking up with so much ambition to be a better fighter and the best that I can be.”

So he’s ready for the UFC. Are the lightweights of the promotion ready for him? Everyone is about to find out.

“I’ve put people in some places that they’ve never been,” Gaethje said. “Straight into deep water, and that’s where I live. Most fights do not end in the first round. Most fights come down to attrition and will and I know that. I really have taken a hold of the hard work aspect and making everybody that’s believed in me this whole time proud of me, and that’s going to be worth every single bit of hard work I’ve put into this.”

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