Justin Gaethje is more than just a damn good fighter, he’s a damn good person too.
On Tuesday, news came out that Gaethje paide off $1,538 in lunch debt for two schools in the Denver Public School District. The donation from Gaethje took care of the debt from students accrued in the first semester at West Early College High School and Middle School, located in Denver, Colo.
In thanks for Gaethje’s generosity, West Early College posted to their Facebook page, praising the lightweight contender’s actions.
West Early College families received a wonderful holiday gift today. Shout out to Justin "The Highlight" Gaethje who is...Posted by West Early College on Thursday, December 12, 2019
“West Early College families received a wonderful holiday gift today. Shout out to Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje who is a champion UFC fighter and friend to our Cowboys. We love and appreciate your generous gift! Thank you.”
Though born in Phoenix, Gaethje wrestled in college fo the University of Northern Colorado, earning D-1 All American honors in 2010. Gaethje still lives in Colorado, training at Grudge Training Center under Trevor Wittman.
According to Denver news station 9News, Gaethje is friends with a teacher at the school which is what prompted his donation. 9News also spoke to West Early College’s executive principle Ana Mendoza about the donation who said that it was completely unexpected, that Gaethje just delivered the check and then left, not wanting to take any pictures or make a big deal about it.
“It was just kind of a speechless moment,” said Mendoza. “It was just very emotional for me to know that our families don’t have to worry. [He’s a] super humble guy. Super humble. But a big angel. A big, tough-looking angel.”
Gaethje had a good 2019, knocking out Edson Barboza and Donald Cerrone in the first round. He has not competed since beating Cerrone in September, and is presumably waiting for a shot at the winner of the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson fight currently scheduled for UFC 249 on April 18 in Brooklyn, NY.
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He was willing to fight for an interim belt. If he couldn't fight me he was willing to fight anybody even fighters ranked below him. When you're a champ everybody is below you so Alex was carrying the weight of that belt before Dana wrapped it around his waist. Happy for Alex and Emma and their daughters, and Australia. Same ocean, different waves. See you in the lineup again
Well, this is already terrible.
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I am the King and you are Snow White’s Security Guard! Sign the Contract and let’s get it right. @danawhite @henry_cejudo @seanshelby @dede_pederneiras Eu sou o Rei e você é o segurança da Branca de Neve. Assina o contrato e vamos acertar nossas diferenças! #eusouumamaquina #homemdeferro #eusouoRei #UFC #cejudoAnao #hastalavistababy #lasvegastourvip #therange702
Your going to need a bigger gun to take me out Cinderella! This man is made of steel and sex appeal! Bend the knee you Mexican looking Dana White! https://t.co/HwRcN0Z91Q— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) December 18, 2019
Petr Yan is a scary dude.
I just love my job https://t.co/2tnhx6wBRI— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) December 18, 2019
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He set things up. Adapted to my movement. I was waiting and he took initiative. Thought even tho my right hand loaded I would still block the kick. I remember the kick. Then I went to defensive mode. Didn’t fire back. Didn’t shoot In or go for the clinch. Can’t wait. Had him against the cage but I didn’t GO. Missed my chance. Gonna be an interesting year 2020. I have to look at life with such a different plan. Maybe I’m gonna start living. Possibilities are endless. I am forced to be better. I’ve hit the bottom but I know I will find a path up hill. I’ll be the turtle. Got some sense and inner peace knocked into me. I will be better. The gym is calling me. No pressure. I’ll just be taking my time. I will Earn the right to win again. No telling how long it will take.
Improbably, it feels like Leon Edwards may actually get the next title shot.
He’s in let’s get it done @ufc @UFCEurope #champion2020 pic.twitter.com/tdMNyA9RF2— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) December 17, 2019
This is very off brand.
I just want to say Colby Covington can fight— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) December 17, 2019
Love him or hate him you cannot take this from him
Much respect to him and the whole ATT team
Things got a little bit ugly but we are 0 grudges , life is going on
A dream fight has being offered, against a legend! Hope he accepts and we can make it happen! pic.twitter.com/PArGUWrMo2— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) December 17, 2019
December 17, 2019
Darren Stewart (11-4) vs. Marvin Vettori (14-3-1); UFC London, Mar. 21.
Good guy Justin Gaethje. There’s your heart-warming story for the holidays.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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