Justin Gaethje has promised his fans five more unmissable bouts as a professional mixed martial artist following his UFC Glendale defeat to Dustin Poirier last night.
Win, lose or draw, nothing seems to matter more to UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje than putting on an unforgettable show for his supporters and last night in his headlining matchup with Dustin Poirier, he sure did not disappoint.
Three UFC fights and a 1-2 record within the promotion might suggest that ‘The Highlight’ hasn’t exactly taken to his new home with any real success. The thing about Gaethje, however, is that his commitment to constant pressure and a frantic pace has managed to see him involved in three absolute classics since signing.
First, it was his stunning comeback victory win over Michael Johnson, next, it was his violent brawl with Eddie Alvarez and yesterday, he managed to maintain his own ridiculous standard with a heroic but ultimately unsuccessful clash with Dustin Poirier.
Violence is a game that Gaethje plays better than anyone else, though and over the bout’s four gruelling rounds he displayed everything that has endeared him to fans over the years to its finest.
Poirier, though, is a man whose own penchant for action could well rival anyone’s and sure enough, when push came to shove, he was able to handle the heat and record a huge win for his title aspirations.
Gaethje’s latest setback will leave him just shy of the lightweight title discussion and in an interview given to a media scrum after the fight (via MMAFighting), he made it clear that he can only see himself competing in the sport five more times.
“I’ve got about five fights in me. Before this I said I’ve got six. I want the biggest fights possible. Coming off two losses, that’s hard to say, but you want to see me fight. But, if you don’t see me fight live, you will regret it when I’m done. It’s not going to be very long. I’ve got five left.
“I’m not an idiot. I’m not going to go home and say forget that and do it again. I’m going to go home, and we’re going to study what I did right and what I did wrong and we’ll make adjustments.
“I don’t fight to win or lose, as stupid and crazy as that sounds. I go in there to entertain people This is the entertainment business. I go in there and I fight for money. That’s what I do, and it helps me to get paid.”
He’s a true warrior in every sense of the word and if we’re being honest, a genuine crazy-man in the octagon but with time well and truly ticking on his career, enjoy fighters like Justin Gaethje while you can.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena