Justin Gaethje explains why he should have fought for the vacant UFC Lightweight title

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Former UFC title challenger Justin Gaethje states that it should have been him fighting for the vacant UFC Lightweight title after Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement. After Khabib retired he vacated his lightweight title. In his last fight, he fought Justin Gaethje and submitted him in the second round. After his retirement, Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler fought for the vacant title at UFC 262. Chandler was close to finishing the match in the very first round but instead got finished by Oliveira in the second round of the best comebacks in UFC History. Though many people before the fight thought it should have been Justin Gaethje who should have fought for the interim title as he was the last interim champion before losing the fight to Khabib.

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Now Justin Gaethje is set to fight Michael Chandler at UFC 268. Justin in his recent interview revealed that how he feels that he should have been the one to fight for the vacant title at UFC 262. Speaking to The Schmo in a recent interview, “The Highlight” explained how “special circumstances” should have led to him getting the vacant title shot at 155lbs.

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“#1 fought #5, #3 fought #4, and if you were #2, you got fucked. It just so happened that my name was next to that #2 spot. It is what it is,” Gaethje said (via MMANews.com). “I was the most recent interim titleholder. You know, I see both ways to it. From the outside, being me, yeah I was not happy. If I’m on the inside and I’m running a $4 billion company, $5 or $6 million company, then I probably want to try and have people forget about that guy. They did what they wanted to do; had to do in their eyes. I was upset, but it doesn’t matter. Gotta go on and gotta keep working”

“I lost. I don’t think you should get a title shot off a loss. But I think the circumstances were special. Similar to the circumstances that got Cory Sandhagen his title fight. He came off a loss and he’s jumped in there for a title fight. And the guy (Aljamain Sterling) didn’t retire. There were even more special circumstances in that (Khabib vacating the belt). There’s other examples of people getting shots off of losses. So yeah, I thought that was a bullshit way to say I shouldn’t get it.”

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  • Justin Gaethje feels he should have been the one to fight for the vacant title
  • Justin Gaethje next fight is against Michael Chandler

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