Justin Gaethje Reveals Recovery Timeline Following UFC 300 KO Loss

Just Gaethje has always been known as an extremely tough competitor, but it seems he is taking a smart approach to his recovery after suffering a nasty knockout by the hands of Max Holloway.

Gaethje and Holloway squared off at UFC 300 for the UFC BMF title, and while there was a competitive back and forth through the majority of the fight, “The Highlight” was taking the worst of it. Of course, this high octane fight was capped off by Gaethje being completely separated from reality when Holloway delivered a well-placed overhand right at the end of the 5th round.

Since the tough loss, and hard knockout, Gaethje has expressed that he has no interest in rushing back into things, and intends to rest and recover in an effort to take care of himself.

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“Metaphorically, I could be ready tomorrow, but physically, I do want to take care of myself,” Gaethje told MMA Hangout. “I do think that repeated concussions, with me going to sleep like that, me receiving that shot, it would be foolish for me to jump back into training anytime before 180 days.

“I could do cardio, I can stay in shape, that’s what I want to try and do — especially [with] the older I get, the harder it is to get back to the best shape of my life, so I want to stay active. Obviously the physical contact is going to be limited for quite some time, just because I want to preserve myself. … I think six months, at least, before I get back to taking shots. But that doesn’t say that I wont be training the whole time.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

With Gaethje’s aggressive fighting style, there are a number of online critics that feel his days at the highest level are limited. But, with the decision to take time to focus on his health, we could be witnessing an intelligent development in planning and discipline.

The former BMF titleholder will now sit back and watch Dustin Poirier, who he beat at UFC 291 last July, challenge Islam Makhachev for the UFC lightweight championship title on June 1st.

“It’s a crazy game,” Gaethje said. “We’ll see how that Dustin [and] Makhachev fight goes. Crazy game.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

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