UFC have added undefeated Justin Gaethje to their lightweight division. Gaethje announced he has now signed with UFC on his social media account earlier this week after weeks of speculation after Gaethje recently became a free agent after seeing out his contract with WSOF.
Thank you for all the support to this point, I signed my contract with the UFC yesterday. It feels good to know the sacrifices my family and I have made since starting wrestling at 4 yrs old, have led us to these great endeavors. My parents spent their hard earned money, love, and energy to ensure I got the chance to put this hard work to fruition and I’ll be damned if I don’t give it 100%. Now I get a chance to fight and be the best in the world at something. It won’t last long and I may or may not be successful, but I do know I would not be here without having parents which showed me through their actions that hard work is not easy, who loved and believed in me everyday. #ufc #mma #hardwork #fight
The undefeated WSOF lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje, is now part of the most stacked lightweight division in mixed martial arts. Gaethje comes into the division with a 17-0 professional record, boasting five title defences. He joins the likes of UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor and a whole division of title worthy talent including the likes of Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Eddie Alvarez and Nate Diaz to name but a few.
There are several interesting fights for Gaethje with lightweights outside of the top five ranked contenders. Gilbert Melendez, Kevin Lee and Dustin Poirier all equally interesting debut fights for the latest addition to the 155lb division. No date or opponent has been set for Gaethje’s debut but he hasn’t fought since December so could be looking for a return to action in the near future and he is looking for a challenge, taking to social media to state he wants the “scariest lightweight possible”.
@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
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) May 4, 2017