Justin Gaethje is the odd male out in the UFC’s stacked lightweight division. The perennial contender was expecting a matchup with Michael Chandler in advance of the advertising made a decision to go a distinctive direction.
Before this week UFC booked a lightweight title fight among Chandler and Charles Oliveira for UFC 262 on Could 15th in Houston pursuing the formal retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Oliveira, who has received his very last eight trips to the Octagon, was an clear preference to battle for the vacant belt. Chandler, on the other hand, only has a person UFC win below his belt.
No matter, UFC resolved to reserve Oliveira vs. Chandler for the vacant strap afterwards this spring. Not only is it a fight that will redefine the most effective division in MMA but it’s also a decision that leaves Gaethje on the outside searching in.
On Friday night, Gaethje took to social media to reveal he was teaching for a combat with Chandler on Could 15th. “Highlight” was expecting to indicator a bout agreement in the coming times prior to understanding UFC had granted Oliveira the matchup rather.
I woke up yesterday to prepare for a matchup with Chandler on Could 15th anticipating a bout settlement any moment. Currently that is not the situation, I do not know what I do yet but I like this sensation. It was a very good day at sparring observe.
— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) March 20, 2021
“I woke up yesterday to teach for a matchup with Chandler on May well 15th anticipating a bout arrangement any second. Nowadays that is not the situation, I really don’t know what I do but but I like this sensation. It was a fantastic day at sparring apply.”
Incredibly, Gaethje appears to be in pretty very good spirits irrespective of losing out on a bout with Chandler. It should really be observed that the opportunity Gaethje vs. Chandler matchup was hardly ever officially joined to the lightweight title. Once Khabib announced he was stepping absent from MMA for good that is when UFC reversed system and brought Oliveira into the combine.
At this level, we really do not know who Gaethje is going to fight next. Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor appear to be keeping out for a trilogy bout. Tony Ferguson, who Gaethje defeated past calendar year, is scheduled to fight purple-warm contender Beneil Dariush at UFC 262. That leaves Rafael dos Anjos and Islam Makhachev as the only acceptable alternatives for Gaethje, but all those men hold pushing for their individual matchup.
Of program, UFC could constantly toss Gaethje a bone and get a deal performed for a fight with Nate Diaz. The two have presently been linked in the earlier and it appears to be like the most fascinating matchup to make, but we all know how tough it is to get Diaz to sign the dotted line.
What do you think, struggle lovers? Who does Gaethje battle up coming?