WSOF’s Justin Gaethje: I’d rather prove myself as best in the world than make a million dollars

Justin Gaethje is desperate to prove himself. He’s undefeated in seven amateur mixed martial arts and 11 professional bouts and is so aggressive, so focused, that “he’s like a wild animal who just wants to tear your head off,” said Ali Abdelaziz, the vice president of the World Series of Fighting.

Gaethje is the WSOF lightweight champion but is almost like the B side in his title defense Saturday against Nick Newell on NBC in Daytona Beach, Fla. Newell is a one-handed fighter and has received enormous media attention and support from the fan base.

A win over the unbeaten Newell will do much for Gaethje’s career, but it won’t do exactly what he wants, because Newell is also unproven at the highest level of competition.

A former All-American wrestler at Northern Colorado, Gaethje is so desperate to be recognized as the best lightweight in the world, regardless of promotion, that he’s willing to go to virtually any length to prove it.

He said he would eschew a massive payday if he were given the chance to fight UFC champion Anthony Pettis, who is widedly regarded now as the greatest 155-pound fighter on the planet.

“I would rather prove I’m the best in the world than be paid a million dollars to fight someone and not be recognized [as the best],” Gaethje said. “If that makes me crazy, then I’m crazy, I guess, but I don’t care. I believe I am the best in the world and my mission is to prove it. If I beat these guys and keep winning, sooner or later I’m going to be in there against the guys everyone else considers to be the best, whether it’s in the UFC, Bellator or in the World Series.”

Nick Newell challenges Justin Gaethje Saturday for the WSOF lightweight title.Gaethje’s life has changed since he realized he had the talent it took to fighting at the highest level. When he was wrestling in college, making weight was always a challenge.

He wrestled at 157 pounds his first three years, and competed at 149 as a senior. But he’d cut to 149 from 171 pounds.

“I wasn’t aware of what I was doing to my body [in college] and how much it took out of me,” Gaethje said. “I never went to practice to get better. It was always to cut weight.”

But when he decided to turn pro as an MMA fighter, things changed, even though his diet wasn’t what one would think a professional athlete’s should be.

He made so little money from fighting in his early days fighting that he would routinely eat at McDonald’s.

“Since I’ve signed with the World Series, I’ve actually had money to go out and buy my own food instead of depending upon the Dollar Menu [at McDonald's],” Gaethje said. “I wouldn’t eat for long periods and then I’d go eat soemthing horrible for me. But now, I have the money to buy the good food, and I don’t snack on a ton of junk food like I used to.”

As he’s taken better care of his body, it’s taken better care of him. He is 11-0 with nine knockouts and one submission as a pro. As an amateur, he was 7-0 with four knockouts and two submissions.

His wrestling has transitioned well to MMA, but he’s a banger who loves to score highlight reel knockouts.

Gaethje, 25, had nothing but compliments about Newell and said he has no problem with Newell getting the majority of the attention, despite the fact that he’s the champion.

But he doesn’t feel any sympathy for Newell and plans to put a serious beatdown on him.

“I’m not going to change my style ever,” Gaethje said. “I’m coming forward, going to push the pace and try to blow everyone away with a big knockout. I’m looking to knock Nick’s head off. I’ll keep him from taking me down. I might make some mistakes because I take chances, but I love to put on a show and so I’m not going to stop trying. I promise you, you’re going to go, ‘Oh my God,’ when you see how I finish this.”


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Nates gf isnt happy about the rumours this chick was spreading. (PC Maker thread)


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Anybody else think Bellator was Pathetic last night?

Sokoudjou and Thompson both looked like shit! Their opponents were weak, and finishes were just plain boring. Only real highlight was the mexican kid on the undercard that beat shawn bunch awhile ago, and the guy he KOed is 0-2 now. And what the fuck happened in the Main Event? That guy wasn’t defending the choke, and wasn’t even getting choked when he tapped! Announcer was all "I think he had his nose covered, no guess not." WTF?


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Debating on giving it a go.. Anyone ever played?


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why should Captain be unbanned?

So a lot of you made some good points regarding why Captain is a valuable community member and should be unbanned in advance of the 7 day banishment.

I have to admit some things that were said made sense however I am still on the fence since it is not a good idea to backpeddle on administrative actions.

He is certainly a bit of a troll and doesn’t keep it inside the asylum at all. However his video threads were very borderline spammy. Trolls tend to enjoy skirting the grey area.

Please make an argument for or against Captains reinstatement in at least 50 words.

Thank you for your feedback and I will take it into heavy consideration. I won’t be doing a poll because that would be unethical.


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Nurmagomedov Suffers Knee Injury, Proposed Fight with Cerrone at UFC 178 Canceled

Donald Cerrone-Khabib Nurmagomedov was a done deal for UFC 178. Then the dreaded injury bug reared its ugly head once again.


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Dana White on Jon Jones not signing Gustafsson rematch agreement: He’s asking to fight Cormier…r-curitiba-mma

Dana White explains that Jon Jones wants to skip the rematch with Alexander Gustafsson and fight Daniel Cormier instead.

One of the bigger stories in the sport in the last few days has been Jon Jones not signing the deal to fight Alexander Gustafsson in their planned rematch. The Jones/Gustafsson rematch has always been the UFC’s plan, both men fought once after their classic first encounter with a rematch as the next step.

Daniel Cormier is supposed to be there for the winner, but Dana White stated on the feature "The Download"that Jones isn’t interested in the rematch and wants to skip ahead to the Cormier fight.

On The Download, White says, "what we’re doing right now is trying to get him to sign the bout agreement for Gustafsson. He doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson. … Lorenzo and I have a meeting with Jones on Thursday to get him to sign the bout agreement, and he’s asking to fight Cormier instead."

Cormier, of course, recently stated that he would be willing to fight Gustafsson for an interim title if Jones refused to sign on for the planned rematch.


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TNA President Dixie Carter has no answers about future between TNA & Bellator MMA…re-between-tna

TNA Impact Wrestling President Dixie Carter has all the answers when it comes to TNA, but none when it comes to working with Bellator MMA.

The Fight Nerd was at the TNA Impact Wrestling press conference at the Manhattan Center on June 25, 2014, covering the official announcement of a partnership between TNA and Keiji Mutoh’s "Wrestle-1" promotion. I lucked out and got 60 seconds with Impact Wrestling President Dixie Carter. Literally.

It was a minute including my time to set up the camera, since she was not doing interviews, and within 30 seconds I had a PR person telling me to wrap it up. However, I was the only person who got any one-on-one time with Dixie, so consider this a world exclusive!

Due to the short time I had with her, I mostly got non-answers regarding any response to Scott Coker taking over Bellator MMA from Bjorn Rebney, and the partnership between her company and his, as well as if Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and King Mo will be hitting the six-sided ring anytime soon. I did my best with the few seconds that I was given, folks.

However, it seems to me that this lack of an answer is also an answer. Back when the relationship between Bellator MMA and TNA Wrestling was first announced on Spike TV’s "MMA Uncensored Live" in 2012, fans were curious to see what would come out of it, as their is some friction between the fanbases of both sports. The result thus far has been Quinton Jackson joining a stable and beating up Tito Ortiz, but not contributing anything beyond that, and King Mo training at OVW for his "King Mo: Unrivaled" documentary special on Spike, but neither has made a considerable impact in TNA (no pun intended).

I didn’t necessarily expect her to have much to say about Scott Coker, but moreso I was hoping to hear a few words about the planned direction of the partnership with Bellator MMA to see if that even still existed. However, as fate would have it, just last night at the first of their NYC television tapings, King Mo did in fact come out to cut a promo, so it seems that in the end, Dixie was being sneaky about her response, so now that the ball is rolling, let’s see what they can do to keep the momentum going.

I would not mind seeing more of a crossover between TNA and Bellator MMA – they do it in Japan all the time, why can’t American fans accept it for its entertainment value and not see it as a way that devalues MMA as a sport? In the meantime, we are being robbed of some big potential matches with other Bellator fighters, such as Magnus VS James Thompson, Bully Ray VS Pat Curran (because why not), and Samoa Joe VS Joe Warren to see who really is the baddest man on the planet.


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Sara McMann meets Invicta FC champion Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night 47…y-at-ufc-fight

The UFC has added a female bout to the Fight Night card in Maine.

Last seen in the Octagon in a title fight against bantamweight superstar Ronda Rousey in February, Sara McMann returns to action against UFC newcomer Lauren Murphy on Aug. 16, the promotion announced Thursday.

McMann (7-1) looks to bounce back in the win column for the first time in her career after suffering a 66-second loss to Rousey at UFC 170. With a 1-1 record under the UFC banner, the Olympic silver medalist in wrestling holds victories over the likes of Shayna Baszler and Hitomi Akano in her MMA career.

Murphy (8-0) makes her Octagon debut after winning the Invicta FC bantamweight championship with a fourth-round victory over Miriam Nakamoto in December. Unbeaten in MMA, the Gracie Barra Alaska product went 3-0 inside the Invicta FC cage.

Headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux, UFC Fight Night 47 is set to take place at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.


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Top 10 MMA Knockouts Of 2013 Outside Of The Octagon

Video of the Top 10 MMA KOs during 2013 Outside Of The Octagon.


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