Justin Gaethje is one of the most entertaining fighters to have ever graced the UFC's Octagon, but due to his aggressive style and reckless abandonment it doesn't do much for his longevity.
This past Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona Gaethje suffered his second-straight loss inside the UFC's cage when he was knocked out by Dustin Poirier in the fourth round of their main event meeting.
Fight fans expected a massive back-and-forth brawl from two of the UFC's most game fighters, and that's exactly what they got. Each man left it all in the cage, but in the end it was The Diamond who walked away victorious.
Although Gaethje had some great moments, landing some heavy shots and brutalizing Poirier's leg, it simply wasn't enough to get past the former featherweight.
Following the fight, Gaethje spoke to the media about his fighting career and where he currently stands. Gaethje admitted that he doesn't have much time left in the sport, giving himself five more fights left (quotes via MMA Mania):
“I’ve got about five fights in me. Before this I said I’ve got six. … I want the biggest fights possible. Coming off two losses, that’s hard to say, but you want to see me fight.
"But, if you don’t see me fight live, you will regret it when I’m done. It’s not going to be very long. I’ve got five left.”
Gaethje has been fighting since 2011 and was extremely successful before signing with the UFC - racking up an undefeated career. In his UFC debut Gaethje put on a classic with Michael Johnson, knocking him out to win his promotional debut.
This past December Gaethje suffered the first loss of his MMA career when he was knocked out by former 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez. The Underground King landed a knee that shut Gaethje's lights off.
With his second loss of his career coming via knockout, it should be interesting to see if he decides to change his fighting style, however, it's highly unlikely.
What are your thoughts on Gaethje saying that he only has a few more fights left in him before he hangs up his gloves for good? Who would you like to see him step into the cage against before his career comes to an end? And do you think the former WSOF lightweight champ could capture gold in the UFC? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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