Justin Gaethje is a violent man contained in the Octagon. One might imagine that it’s a talent that he has accrued all through his skilled profession. Nonetheless, when you watch the footage of his beginner debut, you’d assume in any other case.
Gaethje entered the world of beginner combined martial arts when he was nonetheless wrestling on the College of Northern Colorado. He fought Ben Deanda at Battle Beneath the Stars again in 2008 for his beginner debut.
Till that time, Gaethje had cemented his standing as an elite collegiate wrestler. Nonetheless, individuals near him knew that he had cherished to smash individuals within the face. This was not attainable in wrestling.
Subsequently, Gaethje resolved to combined martial arts. The footage of his battle with Deanda exhibits that even again then he regarded to complete the battle from the get-go. As quickly because the battle begins, Gaethje throws a looping proper hand that Deanda avoids.
The punch throws Gaethje’s steadiness off and he as a substitute goes for a double leg on his opponent. In a matter of a cut up second, Gaethje slammed him on the ground.
“The Spotlight” adopted it up with punches that led to a scramble. Each the fighters then moved right into a clinch. Deanda, unfazed by the earlier slam, tried to wrap his legs round Gaethje’s head searching for a triangle.
Nonetheless, his grave error was that he was doing so whereas Gaethje was nonetheless standing. He was slammed down. It was so arduous that it regarded like Justin patched the canvas together with his opponent’s physique.
Justin Gaethje recollects his opponent “pissed himself” after the knockout
Again in 2014, when he was a WSOF champion, Justin Gaethje appeared on The MMA Hour and talked about his beginner debut. Gaethje recollects that the slam was so violent that his opponent was relieved of the contents of his gut.
“My first battle, I don’t know when you’ve seen it, it was in a boxing ring. I double-legged him, slammed him, then I excessive crotched him and he tried to throw a triangle and I slammed him [again], and he pissed himself. It was a great one. Twenty-six seconds. It was all wrestling, and I used to be simply actually assured. You’ve simply received to be assured in your expertise and I used to be,” Gaethje stated.
Gaethje was, nevertheless, not very positive in regards to the “pissed himself” half. It was as if it got here out within the move of the outline of an evening that began Gaethje’s lore. When Helwani requested, “wait, he truly pissed himself?“, Gaethje defined, “No, yeah, it was unhealthy. He began squirting…squirting himself, it was unhealthy. He landed proper on his head. It was not fairly.”
Twelve years after the battle and Gaethje hasn’t modified a lot. He’s nonetheless the identical fighter who searches for violence as soon as the door of the Octagon slams shut. In his personal phrases, Gaethje would like getting knocked out than going to the decide’s scorecard.
This weekend, Justin will get an opportunity to put on UFC gold for the primary time in his profession. He’ll look to drag off an upset towards Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.
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