Justin Gaethje thought he was getting a title shot towards Michael Chandler, however the UFC had different plans.
Late Thursday evening the UFC introduced some large modifications within the light-weight division. Firstly, Dana White introduced that champion Khabib Nurmagomedov wouldn’t be returning following his retirement. This announcement was sure to occur since Numragomedov had been very vocal about his want to get pleasure from a while away from the game. The following announcement was that Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveria could be those getting into the title bout. The highest of the light-weight division is stacked, and any fighter from the highest 5 might have been chosen to combat for the title. One man who thought it will have been him was Justin Gaethje.
“I wakened yesterday to coach for a matchup with Chandler on Might fifteenth anticipating a bout settlement any second,” Gaethje wrote on Twitter Friday night. “Immediately that’s not the case, I don’t know what I do but however I like this sense. It was a great day at sparring observe.”
Gaethje is the final man to face former champion Nurmagomedov. Regardless of shedding to him through second-round submission, Gaethje continues to be ranked second within the division. The one man forward of him is Dustin Poirier, who has chosen to rematch Conor McGregor later this 12 months over a title shot. It’s clear why Gaethje had anticipated the title shot to return contemplating his physique of labor since becoming a member of the UFC again in 2017.
Regardless of Gaethje having to attend, the 2 title contenders have put within the work.
The 2 males chosen aren’t any slouches, Chandler had a really spectacular win in his UFC debut over Dan Hooker. He got here into the UFC seemingly to have this title shot. He’s a veteran of the game and dominated in Bellator earlier than getting signed by the UFC. Oliveria has gained eight in a row over a few of the hardest within the division.
With Poirier and McGregor going through off this summer time, the winner of that combat is perhaps the subsequent for a title shot, which implies Gaethje should look forward to his flip. He may have to remain lively and face one other opponent from the highest 5 of the light-weight division within the meantime.
Do you assume Justin Gaethje must be preventing Michael Chandler for the title?