On a card loaded with stars such as UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, former champions Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez, and ex-title challengers Alistair Overeem and Henry Cejudo, one name will stand above the rest by the time Saturday’s UFC 218 card is over.
Gaethje, who recently turned 29-years-old, can give himself a late-birthday and early-Christmas present when he meets Alvarez as part of the main card from Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena.
And you better believe he has the talent to do it.
A former World Series of Fighting lightweight champion, Gaethje (18-0) signed with the UFC earlier this year and promptly stepped inside the Octagon and defeated Michael Johnson with a second round finish.
On that July night, the pressure and bright lights of the UFC didn’t bother Gaethje one bit as he stretched his win streak to 18.
The finish was the fifth straight for “The Highlight” who also goes by “The Violence” due to his aggressive nature.
If you haven’t stopped and watched Gaethje in action, take a second and enjoy this bout from his World Series of Fighting days:
Gaethje entered into MMA in 2011 and earned a knockout victory via slam in just 61 seconds vs. Kevin Croom. He finished 11 of his first 12 opponents, including a 2013 knockout vs. Dan Lauzon and a 2014 stoppage of Richard Patishnock that netted him his first title.
Later that year, Gaethje defeated Nick Newell in a bout featured on network television that gave fans the chance to see him live and in action. He added a win over veteran Melvin Guillard to finish off his best year yet in the spot.
Prior to arriving in the UFC, he topped Luis Palomino twice, defeated Brian foster and stopped Luiz Firmino.
If you want to know who might challenge the likes of Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson and the other top lightweights in the UFC, check out Gaethje this Saturday night and see a contender live and in person.