In a curious display of punching power, UFC’s BMF champion, Justin Gaethje, recently left onlookers stunned as he shattered a punch machine during a power test.
Punch machines have gained immense popularity in recent times, with people from all walks of life eager to test their punching prowess and share the results on social media. This trend hasn’t gone unnoticed by UFC fighters, including notable names like Francis Ngannou, Alex Pereira, and Conor McGregor. Justin Gaethje recently joined this growing list of fighters taking on the punch machine challenge.
What set Gaethje’s attempt apart was the sheer force he unleashed. Upon landing a thunderous punch, the punch machine didn’t just display a number; it flickered and went dark. The video of this astonishing feat quickly went viral, courtesy of UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns, who was present to witness Gaethje’s incredible display of power.
While Gaethje has a wrestling background, he’s renowned for his love of striking and a willingness to engage in brutal brawls inside the UFC octagon. At 34 years old, he has consistently been involved in intense striking battles, solidifying his reputation as one of the most thrilling athletes in the UFC.
Furthermore, Gaethje is no stranger to hitting hard. According to fellow star Dustin Poirier, Gaethje’s punches pack more power than those of UFC superstar Conor McGregor. McGregor himself tested his punching power on a similar machine and, while he exhibited impressive force, he didn’t manage to break it as Gaethje did.
Gaethje’s last appearance in the octagon was in July, where he faced off against Dustin Poirier in a highly anticipated rematch. The two fighters engaged in a fierce battle, with Gaethje emerging as the victor after delivering a devastating head kick knockout, securing the BMF title. As for his next fight, it’s highly likely that Gaethje will contend for the lightweight championship.
Several other UFC stars have also tried their hand at the punch machine challenge. For example, former UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira achieved an impressive score of 969. On the other hand, former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, widely recognized as one of the hardest hitters in the UFC, scored 941 and 804 on two different punch machines.
It’s important to note that each punch machine may measure differently, making precise comparisons challenging. Nevertheless, Gaethje’s ability to break the machine serves as a testament to his extraordinary punching power.