Justin Gaethje Believes Michael Chandler Will Turn Into A ‘B*tch’ And Wrestle In The Opening Round

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.


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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