Justin Gaethje is currently on a two-fight losing streak. His latest defeat came at the hands of Dustin Poirier at UFC Glendale and with the odds stacked against him, Gaethje is now thinking about the possibility of using wrestling in his game plan.
Gaethje, who has a strong wrestling resume to show off, is yet to make use of the discipline in his UFC fights. He has been relying solely on his stand-up game and this has resulted in some entertaining scraps. But he is yet to get the results which have in turn left he fans in concern.
He mentioned that his mind will not let him go for the takedown for some reason.
“I’ve been wrestling my whole life, I should’ve and could’ve took him down a couple of times. Especially when I had him rocked just to steal a round or two. For some reason, my mind will not let me do it. I think I sold myself so hard on the fact that this is not wrestling. I don’t know, I honestly don’t know the answer to that question.” He said while appearing on the MMA Hour recently. (Quotes via MMA Mania)
Ready to include wrestling
With two back to back losses, Gaethje is now ready to mix things up ahead of his next fight and we could end up seeing him using wrestling soon.
“It definitely would be a good idea. I have to get people guessing if I’m going to take them down or not. They know what I’m coming with right now. Everyone knows I’m going to come in there and I’m going to stop your takedowns. So, yeah, it would benefit me to keep them guessing. I need to work it into my game plan.” Gaethje added.
Gaethje is now 18-2 in his career and has a record of 1-2 in the UFC with his only win coming against Michael Johnson.