Justin Gaethje hit the headlines after defeating Dustin Poirier by knockout at UFC 291. It helped him to win the BMF Title and thus, Gaethje became the second holder of the title after Jorge Masvidal. Now, in a recent chat, he opened up and claimed of making a positive impact in the world through his UFC career.
He said: “I pray for the opportunity to inspire the world. I went to college for social work. I love helping people. To get to do that through this kind of chaos, it’s so special to me. I truly believe, if you had a camera from space that can see inspiration, there was a blink of light when I won that fight [on Saturday]. I’m so grateful for the chance to inspire.”
“I can’t get overconfident.” – Justin Gaethje
He also shared about the fight and said that he wanted to celebrate the victory with his loved ones. Gaethje said: “When you have an orthodox fighter versus a southpaw fighter, that is something that’s always there. We’re both trying to get away from our power hands, and the best way is outside. But you’ve got to watch something coming from behind you. In order for it to work, it needs to be set up. I set it up perfectly. I didn’t want to go to a bar. This one was for my family.”
Meanwhile, this win guaranteed him another shot at the undisputed lightweight championship. Gaethje has failed twice so far in order to win that title. Now, he vowed to work harder to win this time around. “I knew I had to win this fight. My family would be happy if I stepped away, but I’m not done here. I can’t get overconfident. That will kill you in this game. Look what happened last time. I should have beat Oliveira, but I got caught up in the moment. I fought like an absolute fool. This time, I’m going to work as hard as I can and believe in myself. It’s a dangerous game, but I love it,” he concluded.