Ahead of their mouth-watering, hugely-anticipated UFC 268 showdown in November, both Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler had made it quite clear in regards to their intention on how they plan to approach their clash.
One-time vacant lightweight title challenger, Chandler has promised that he will meet Gaethje with “reckless abandon” during their Madison Square Garden tangle, but, on the other hand, former interim lightweight gold holder, Gaethje believes he will draw the wrestling acumen from Chandler early in the opening round.
Set to meet on an already stacked UFC 268 card on November 5. in the promotion’s return to the Big Apple, Gaethje enters the potential lightweight title-eliminator off the back of an unsuccessful lightweight title unification clash with the now-retired, Khabib Nurmagomedov on ‘Fight Island’ in October. The loss snapped a four-fight knockout run for Gaethje.
For Chandler, the former three-time Bellator lightweight champion exploded on the UFC scene back in January with an opening round knockout win over Dan Hooker in his promotional bow, before being catapulted into a vacant title pairing with Charles Oliveira.
Despite a promising start at UFC 262 in May, Chandler suffered a second round knockout loss against the streaking Sao Paulo submission specialist, dropping his first promotional blemish.
Taking umbrage with a recent comment from Chandler, who claimed the first of the two to take a backstep at UFC 268 is a “timid soul” — Gaethje claimed that the Missouri native will likely turn into a “b*tch” and wrestle early.
“He’s (Michael Chandler) not going to determine how I fight,” Gaethje told UFC Unfiltered recently. “He says the first one to take a step back is a timid soul — there’s not one thing he could say that’s going to affect the way I approach this fight or the way that I approach (him). I will take a step backward. He can shove it up his ass. When you’re going to start shooting for legs and trying to wrestle, and that would be his definition of a b*tch, 100 percent. And that’s what we’ll see. I think that’s midway through the first round.“
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