Last night at UFC 262, “Iron” Michael Chandler fell short in his quest to become the UFC’s lightweight champion. He did so, by suffering a second round TKO defeat, at the hands of Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira.
Before this title fight was booked, Justin Gaethje stated that he had verbally agreed to face Michael Chandler on May 15th. However, when Dustin Poirier chose the Conor McGregor trilogy over a title shot, plans changed and Gaethje was left without an opponent.
At the UFC 262 post fight press conference, Chandler stated that he will not only be back, but he will be champion within the next 12 month. Damon Martin of MMA Fighting suggested that Chandler vs Gaethje was the fight to make, to which Gaethje’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz responded to:
Only if he ready July 10 https://t.co/wPkaYFhYyD— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) May 16, 2021
“Only if he ready July 10.” Abdelaziz said via Twitter.
This is of course the date that McGregor v Poirer 3 is set to take place, and Gaethje is looking to earn his shot at the title on that date. Although the fight could make a lot of sense, the main concern is whether Chandler would be willing to step back in the octagon so soon after getting knocked out.
What do we think fight fans, will Chandler and Gaethje finally throw down on July 10th? Vote below!
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