With his World Series of Fighting (WSOF) contract finished, Justin Gaethje is apparently UFC bound in the near future.

After successfully defending his WSOF lightweight champion for the fifth time at WSOF 34, Gaethje has been given a public send-off from the promotion’s president Ray Sefo.

In addition to the farewell from Sefo, MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani has also reported that the 28-year-old is set to put pen to paper with the UFC with a debut bout against the #5 ranked Edson Barboza discussed for later this year.

Gaethje (17-0) has been widely applauded for his fan-friendly fighting style and holds an 82% knockout ratio with all five of his title defences coming via knockout. ‘The Highlight’ holds wins over Nick Newell, Melvin Guillard and PRIDE FC veteran Luiz Firmino while the Trevor Whittman trained fighter has also had three of his victories come via leg kick TKO.

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