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Morning Report: Justin Gaethje pays off over $1500 in student lunch debt for two Denver schools

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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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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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