MMA lightweight fighting champ gets ready for next bout in Phoenix

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

At just 25 years old, MMA fighter Justin Gaethje is the undefeated World Series of Fighting Lightweight Champion.The fighter known as "The Highlight" (and whose uncle is 3TV's very own Arnold Espinoza!) is in town for the Saturday, March 28th match-up at Comerica Theatre against Luis "Baboon" Palomino.

Originally from Arizona, Gaethje is excited about being on his home turf and having the support from his Arizona fans. He is sponsored by Grudgewear.com and works out at the Grudge Training Center in Arvada, Colorado.

Gaethje has the only statistic a lightweight needs to back up that kind of nickname: 13-0. He'll be looking to extend that undefeated streak and retain his lightweight title in his match against Luis "Baboon" Palomino.

"I love it," he says." I've been working at this since I was four years old. It's not about winning or losing; it's about giving all you've got."

There are very few MMA titleholders at the elite level who can say they've never lost a professional bout.

Gaethje has bested all contenders, even those who failed to make weight, and is scheduled to put his title on the line.

Gaethje says he is excited about the support he'll receive being on "home turf" at the Comerica Center in Phoenix, as the Grudge Training Center in Arvada, Colorado, is close by and all his Arizona State wrestling fans will be in the house.

"This is huge," he says. "I've sold a lot of tickets and it's going to be really loud. I'm sure even on TV you'll be able to tell."

His next opponent, Palomino, has landed heavy knockout blows in his last two fights. Gaethje is prepared to face the challenge with one motto on his mind: always engage and never back down."

See him in action at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiIzm47tJ1s