Justin Gaethje reveals he thought he was combating Michael Chandler on Might 15

Justin Gaethje thought it will be he, not Charles Oliveira, going through Michael Chandler for gold at UFC 262

Sadly for Justin Gaethje, it looks as if he would be the odd man out within the UFC light-weight title image following the current developments relating to the destiny of the belt’s future.

After UFC President Dana White had put his mission on stopping Khabib Nurmagomedov from retiring to a halt and accepted the retirement of the then-champion, it was introduced that Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira would do battle at UFC 262 on Might 15 to find out the following champion.

Is Justin Gaethje actually on the skin trying in of the UFC light-weight title hunt?

The information had many within the MMA neighborhood assuming that along with Chandler vs. Oliveira for the belt, this additionally hinted {that a} trilogy encounter between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor is unquestionably within the works — and the winner could presumably be in line for the Chandler-Oliveira winner.

Nevertheless it additionally leaves ideas on the place it leaves others within the division, particularly Gaethje. In truth, in a Twitter submit some 22 hours following the bulletins, Gaethje acknowledged he had awoke the day earlier than anticipating to be going through Chandler at UFC 262 for the belt.

In truth, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani had reported earlier within the week that Chandler vs. Gaethje was being deliberate for a while sooner or later.

Gaethje completed Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 final yr to assert the interim UFC light-weight championship, earlier than difficult Nurmagomedov for the undisputed title at UFC 254 and dropping by submission. It was after the battle with Gaethje the place Nurmagomedov introduced his retirement.

After Chandler knocked out Dan Hooker in his debut at UFC 257, the place additionally Poirier defeated McGregor of their foremost occasion rematch, Poirier claimed he would have moderately confronted Oliveira for the belt or a 3rd battle with McGregor, having no real interest in going through both Gaethje or Chandler.

There’s a minimum of one fighter considering going through Gaethje, nonetheless. Former champion Rafael dos Anjos responded to Gaethje’s tweet, telling him to attend for him.

RDA made his light-weight return in November with a win over Paul Felder. He was anticipated to face Islam Makhachev till Makhachev examined optimistic for COVID-19. With Makhachev scoring his personal current win over Drew Dober although, there’s an opportunity RDA vs. Makhachev could also be re-booked.

UFC 262 takes place on Might 15 on the Toyota Middle in Houston, TX. It is going to be the second UFC pay-per-view occasion with no stay viewers restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic.

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