UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje has responded to Michael Chandler after he stated that Gaethje was offered to fight him but he refused the offer three or four times.
UFC lightweight division is arguable the most stacked division in the UFC right now. Even after the retirement of former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and the decline of Ferguson and Mcgregor, the division remains active and wild. Now the top of the division has some new faces. There are many fights to be made in the lightweight division and one of them is definitely the most violent matchup in the UFC. The No.2 ranked Justin Gaethje is rumored to face No.4 ranked Michael Chandler. There is no official announcement regarding this fight neither any of them has signed the contract, but according to Chandler, Gaethje is trying to avoid this matchup.
“Gaethje should be next. There’s no doubt about it,” Chandler said this week on an Instagram live chat. “There is no secret [Makhachev] and Gaethje both share the same management, so obviously that management would want to say, ‘Hey, throw Islam on the trail. Throw Islam on the Chandler trail so that it takes the heat off of Gaethje.’
“But Justin Gaethje: Come on, bro. You call yourself a fighter, and you are — you’re one of the most exciting guys in mixed martial arts. Be prepared to make a highlight or be made a highlight, because that’s what I am. That’s what I’m ready to do.”
“I’ll tell you what, I’ve said Justin Gaethje’s name no less than 100 times since I’ve signed with the organization,” Chandler said. “He’s been asked to fight me three or four different times. Every time he’s declined. He and I have ranked two spots away from each other. He has not fought since last October. He needs to get a fight in if he thinks he’s going to fight for the title. For some reason, he and his camp have no interest in fighting me.
“So that’s the fight I want, that’s the fight I think it should be. Two of the best guys fighting. It’s also a fight that I know the fans want to see. I know that’s a fight you guys want to see, so that’s my hope, that’s my thought. And I don’t really get why we haven’t heard anything yet.”
Justin Gaethje responds to Micahel Chandler’s statements
Fans were surprised after Michael’s allegation stating Justin was ducking this fight. But finally, Justin has opened up about these allegations made by Chandler.
@MikeChandlerMMA is talking out of his ass. I was waiting for the bout agreement 3 weeks into camp and wake up to news his daddy Dana gave him the shot. He’s been out of commission since the KO. What am I missing? I’m on vacay and this fucker is slandering my name. 3-4 times? 🤦♂️
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) July 21, 2021
“[Michael Chandler] is talking out of his ass,” Gaethje posted on Twitter. “I was waiting for the bout agreement 3 weeks into camp and wake up to news his daddy Dana gave him the shot. He’s been out of commission since the KO. What am I missing? I’m on vacay and this f*cker is slandering my name. 3-4 times?”
According to some speculations, UFC was targeting a fight between Chandler and Justin at UFC 262 but somehow Chandler got the title shot and he fought Oliveira for the vacant title at UFC 262. During the past one year when the division has had some amazing matchups, it was only Justin Gaethje who hasn’t fought since his last fight against Khabib at UFC 254.
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