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Friday, Nov 01, 2013

WSOF’s Justin Gaethje Wants Luiz Firmino

Gaethje blasting Lauzon's leg (photo via WSOF)

By Michael Hatamoto

Justin Gaethje picked up his third consecutive World Series of Fighting (WSOF) win and is now a perfect 10-0 in his professional MMA career.

Gaethje finished Dan Lauzon by TKO on the main card of WSOF 6, completely dismantling his older, more-experienced opponent. Gaethje was able to chop away at Lauzon’s legs almost immediately, causing Lauzon to show discomfort.

“It’s something I work on a lot in practice with my coaches,” Gaethje told Full Contact Fighter, “once I see it’s there, I just go for it. I fight to please the fans and get recognition from my fights. I put it on the line for everyone watching.”

Fighters have different strategies when it comes to preparing to step into the cage on fight night – and Gaethje spends time improving himself in the gym and isn’t too stressed about what his opponent is ready to do.

“I focus on my game plan – (I need) to work on my defense a little more – but I have the same goal and game plan (for each fight): put pressure on my opponent and grind away. I only trained MMA two and a half years… and look forward to working hard and getting better.”

Gaethje also noted that he looked forward to hopefully fighting overseas next year and put on a show for the WSOF’s expanding audience.

As for what’s next for Gaethje, which hasn’t been announced by the WSOF, it’s hard to tell – but the fighter has a clear goal: “I’m looking forward to fighting as soon as possible, and would like to fight before the end of 2013.”

Gaethje also said a fight with Luiz Firmino, who beat Jacob Volkmann by unanimous decision at WSOF 6, would be entertaining.

Personally, I think Gaethje fighting Firmino would be a fun fight, as Gaethje has beaten the likes of Lauzon, Gesias Cavalcante, and Drew Fickett in his young career – and Firmino has fought very steep competition during his PRIDE and Dream days in Japan.

Expect to see the former Division I All-American from the University of Northern Colorado to fight either later this year, or in early 2014.


posted by FCF Staff @ 8:00 am
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