The WSOF was entertaining to watch in the same sense that it’s entertaining to watch natural catastrophes or car wrecks as they unfold, but the organization did produce a couple shining stars. One of them was Justin Gaethje. And now that the WSOF has mutated into something else, Gaethje has jumped ship and signed with the UFC.
He spoke to MMAJunkie as to what the future may hold. My prediction: it holds violence. Glorious violence.
“To be honest with you, I looked in the mirror and I said three names to me: Khabib, Ferguson and Barboza, and I almost had a panic attack when Barboza came to mind; right when that came to my mind, I said, all right, that’s the mother(expletive) that I’m fighting,” Gaethje told MMAjunkie. “I called my manager, and I said, ‘This is who I want.’ Who knows? That’s just what I’m looking for right now. Obviously, I’m an idiot. No one’s in there asking for the most dangerous mother(expletive) on the planet.”
“There’s not quit in me, and I’ve seen (Barboza) quit,” Gaethje said. “That would be my intentions, but Michael Johnson beat him, so hell, that would be just as intriguing to me. Any of those fights. I want to prove that I’m the best, and I have to fight the best.
“I’m not saying I’m going to go and beat everybody, but in due time, I will beat everybody. I might take a couple losses on the way, but this sport really just comes down to fractions of inches and fractions of seconds between success and defeat, so that’s the way I look at every single fight. Every exchange that I’ve ever been into in a fight, that’s my mindset, is I’m going to be the object with the most force going into the exchange, into the car crash. That’s what I do, and I’m going to go in there and do the same thing.”