Monday, April 16, 2018

Justin Gaethje has one of the most exciting styles of play in the history of mixed martial arts. It’s not play, it’s violence. He overwhelms opponents by taking their best shots, and pressing forward; it’s not good for his brain.

The good news is, after his second straight loss, to Dustin Poirier at UFC on FOX 29 Saturday night, Gaethje told the assembled reporters at a media scrum that he his fight career has a shelf life.

“I didn’t come into this sport to win or lose,” said Gaethje, 29, as transcribed by Dan Hiergesell for MMA Mania. “It is the entertainment factor for me. I will be known and remembered as one of the most entertaining fighters that ever did it. I’m content with what just happened, as stupid and crazy as that sounds. I felt so comfortable in there, best I ever felt.

“I go in there to entertain people. This is the entertainment business. I’ve never been worried about winning and losing. The only thing I’m scared of, is not performing, and not putting on an entertaining fight. That sounds stupid, but it’s what I signed up for. It’s my purpose.”

“I got about five fights. I want the biggest fights possible. Coming off two losses, that’s hard to say, but you want to see me fight. If you don’t see me fight live, you will regret it when I’m done. And it’s not going to be very long, I’ve got five left.

“I want to golf when I’m 60. I have a human services degree, I want to do social work. Hopefully I can buy a lot of houses and make money that way.”

Gaethje need not worry about landing big fights. MMA isn’t quite a sport. Win or lose, Justin Gaethje has earned it.