Former World Series Of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje has now officially signed for the UFC.
The 28-year-old Gaethje brings a flawless 17-0 professional record with him to the Octagon, including a four-year stint in the WSOF promotion, during which he established himself as one of their most popular fighters.
‘The Highlight’ was with WSOF from the very beginning, racking up a win over GZ Cavalcante in their second ever event, and after that he’d go on to win their 155lb title and successfully defend it five times, defeating the likes of Melvin Guillard, Dan Lauzon, Luis Palomino and Brian Foster along the way.
With 14 victories via strikes in 17 fights, Gaethje is an entertaining fighter who goes all out in pursuit of the finish, which will make him a welcome addition to the UFC’s lightweight ranks, and it seems like he’s eager to get a big name opponent for his first Octagon outing.
“UFC, let’s [see] one of the ‘big league boys’ put me to sleep,” Gaethje wrote on Twitter. “I want the scariest lightweight possible first. This 0 has to go! Contract signed.”
The UFC’s lightweight division is stacked, so Gaethje can rest assured that he won’t be getting an easy out for his promotional debut.