Justin Gaethje Fights 2 Opponents at UFC 300

As far as stats are concerned, BMF champion Justin Gaethje is one of the most exciting fighters in the business. With 12 UFC fights and 12 UFC bonuses, ‘The Highlight’ certainly lives up to his name.

However, as we enter UFC 300 fight week, another worrying statistic could spell the end of Gaethje’s BMF title reign: a trend that affects a certain bracket of fighters. After turning 35 years-of-age in November 2023, Gaethje joined this group of UFC ‘veterans’.

UFC Over-35 Curse Explained

Male fighters below welterweight (170 lbs), aged 35 or above, have never won a title fight.

RELATED: Ultimate List of UFC Curses

Taking welterweight into account, only one fighter, Tyron Woodley, has secured title wins at 35 or older, setting the combined record for these fighters at 2-24-0.

NameWeightAgeDefeated by
Joseph BenavidezFlyweight35 yearsDeiveson Figueiredo
Joseph BenavidezFlyweight35 yearsDeiveson Figueiredo
Deiveson FigueiredoFlyweight35 years, 34 daysBrandon Moreno
Urijah FaberBantamweight35 yearsDominick Cruz
Dominick CruzBantamweight35 yearsHenry Cejudo
T.J. DillashawBantamweight36 yearsAljamain Sterling
Henry CejudoBantamweight36 yearsAljamain Sterling
Kenny FlorianFeatherweight37 yearsJosé Aldo
Frankie EdgarFeatherweight37 yearsMax Holloway
The Korean ZombieFeatherweight35 yearsAlexander Volkanovski
Josh EmmettFeatherweight37 yearsYair Rodriguez
Tony FergusonLightweight36 yearsJustin Gaethje
Michael ChandlerLightweight35 yearsCharles Oliveira
Pat MiletichWelterweight35 yearsCarlos Newton
Gil CastiloWelterweight37 yearsMatt Hughes
Demian MaiaWelterweight39 yearsTyron Woodley
Tyron WoodleyWelterweight36 yearsKamaru Usman
Jorge MasvidalWelterweight35 yearsKamaru Usman
Jorge MasvidalWelterweight36 yearsKamaru Usman
Kamaru UsmanWelterweight35 yearsLeon Edwards
Kamaru UsmanWelterweight35 yearsLeon Edwards
Alexander VolkanovskiLightweight35 YearsIslam Makhachev
Colby CovingtonWelterweight35 YearsLeon Edwards
Alexander VolkanovskiFeatherweight35 YearsIlia Topuria
History of UFC veteran title losses

Gaethje is the favorite entering this fight, being a native lightweight competing against a bulked-up Max Holloway, who has lost at lightweight before.

BMF champions are a legitimate champion in the eyes of the UFC, who provide the holder with PPV points – so it begs the question, does this UFC ‘curse’ apply to BMF champions too?


Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway Betting Odds UFC

Gaethje is a considerable favorite sitting at -175, with Holloway at +150 (via BetOnline). It could be time to cash on ‘Blessed’ with the history of aged-UFC fighters in title fights — BMF or not.

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Mathew Riddle

Mathew is a combat sports journalist & designer. His past bylines include Sports Illustrated, Heavy on UFC, Sport Skeeda, MMA UK, and MMA Sucka.

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