This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Justin Gaethje Celebrates No. 30

By Brian Knapp Nov 5, 2018

The man personifies violence, a walking, talking cocktail of power punches, crushing leg kicks and abusive ground-and-pound. Justin Gaethje will celebrate his 30th birthday on Nov. 13.

On the heels of a decorated amateur wrestling career, the Safford, Arizona, native won his first 18 bouts as a professional mixed martial artist, laid claim to the World Series of Fighting lightweight championship and established himself as one of the sport’s true action heroes. Gaethje joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster in 2017, and though he lost twice in his first three Octagon appearances, he engaged in unforgettable battles with Michael Johnson, Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. “The Highlight” has delivered 17 of his 19 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission, seven of them inside one round. Gaethje last fought at UFC Fight Night 135 in August, when he cut down James Vick with punches in just 87 seconds.

Others in MMA celebrating birthdays during the month of November:

NOV. 1
Larry Ray, 41
Manabu Inoue, 40
Will Dicke, 33
Lauren Barefoot, 28

NOV. 2
Jerry Bohlander, 44
Munah Holland, 44
Cub Swanson, 35
Josh Clark, 34

NOV. 3
Anthony Ruiz, 41
Mackens Semerzier, 38
Gasan Umalatov, 36
Darrell Montague, 31
Eric Cronkhite, 24

NOV. 4
Kenji Osawa, 42
Rustam Khabilov, 32
J.C. Cottrell, 29
J.J. Okanovich, 28

NOV. 5
Tamdan McCrory, 32
Davi Ramos, 32
Andrew Huffman, 29
Kevin Holland, 26
Amir Khan, 24

NOV. 6
Demian Maia, 41
Isaiah Chapman, 29
Chase Sherman, 29
Magomed Magomedov, 28

NOV. 7
Curtis Stout, 45
Ivan Jorge, 38
Eric Albright, 32
Veta Arteaga, 31

NOV. 8
Cameron Diffley, 34
Thiago Tavares, 34
Makwan Amirkhani, 30
Jordan Espinosa, 29

NOV. 9
Mike Russow, 42
Sean Salmon, 41
Andre Winner, 37
Marcin Tybura, 33
Cody Stamann, 29

NOV. 10
Josh Barnett, 41
Katsuaki Furuki, 38
Francis Carmont, 37
David Michaud, 30

NOV. 11
Wesley Correira, 40
Leandro Silva, 33
Lucas Martins, 30
Diego Rivas, 27

NOV. 12
Aaron Brink, 44
Lee Murray, 41
Rudy Bears, 40
Thiago Silva, 36
Jorge Masvidal, 34
Arianny Celeste, 33
Emmanuel Rivera, 32

NOV. 13
John Hosman, 38
Jared Hess, 35
Matt Major, 35
Abubakar Nurmagomedov, 29

NOV. 14
Stephen Bass, 36
Keith Berish, 33
Justin Gaethje, 30
Shannon Wiratchai, 30

NOV. 15
Dylan Andrews, 39
Lisa Ellis, 36
Royston Wee, 32
Josh Shockley, 29

NOV. 16
Delson Heleno, 41
Patrick Cummins, 38
Chris Jones, 37
Benson Henderson, 35
Nicolas Dalby, 34
Tatsumitsu Wada, 30
Yusuke Kasuya, 29

NOV. 17
Emi Fujino, 38
Daniel Stittgen, 38
Dong Hyun Kim, 37
Ildemar Alcantara, 36

NOV. 18
Masanori Kanehara, 36
DeAnna Bennett, 34
John Teixeira da Conceicao, 32
Jordan Johnson, 30

NOV. 19
Gerald Harris, 39
Taro Kusano, 35
Josh Stansbury, 34
Ian Entwistle, 32
Erik Perez, 29

NOV. 20
Rickson Gracie, 60
Gan McGee, 42
Chris Camozzi, 32
Kevin Pearson, 32
Delaney Owen, 26

NOV. 21
Mikhail Ilyukhin, 52
Rodney Wallace, 37
Marat Gafurov, 35
Karl Amoussou, 33
Clint Hester, 32
Thiago Santos, 32
Jorge Lopez, 30

NOV. 22
Roli Delgado, 37
Edilberto de Oliveira, 36
Eduard Folayang, 35
Lukasz Klinger, 35
Daniel Weichel, 34

NOV. 23
Don Frye, 53
Charles Bennett, 39
Vinc Pichel, 36
Jason Saggo, 33

NOV. 24
Mike Goldberg, 54
Mitch Clarke, 33
John Gunther, 33
Josh Hill, 32
Timofey Nastyukhin, 29

NOV. 25
Rob Smith, 47
Mauricio Rua, 37
Alan Jouban, 36
Abdul-Kerim Edilov, 27
Tywan Claxton, 26

NOV. 26
Ediane Gomes, 38
Derek Boyle, 34
Jose Rodriguez, 33
Ruslan Magomedov, 32
Ricky Bandejas, 27

NOV. 27
Ryan Jimmo, 1981-2016
Satoru Sayama, 61
Homer Moore, 47
Brian Ebersole, 38
E.J. Brooks, 33
Lukasz Sajewski, 28
Vicente Luque, 27

NOV. 28
Tony Lopez, 45
Shane Howell, 35
Jessica-Rose Clark, 31
Mike Rodriguez, 30
Patrick Walsh, 30

NOV. 29
Ricardo Almeida, 42
Costas Philippou, 39
Michal Fijalka, 35
James Hammortree, 35
Jamie Yager, 35
Max Griffin, 33
Adrian Yanez, 25

NOV. 30
Jutaro Nakao, 48
Josh Koscheck, 41
Luke Caudillo, 38
Diego Nunes, 36
Klayton Mai, 32
Ivan Cole, 28

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