Although he was defeated in the fight for the UFC lightweight title in May, Michael Chandler is still a current fighter, that is, someone around whom something is constantly happening. This was further intensified after last weekend and Islam Makhachev's victory over Thiago Moises.
Chandler has already commented on his eventual fight against the Dagestan, although he believes it is not a fight he should do next. There’s a fight he’s been looking for ever since Charles Oliveira was better than him at UFC 262.
It would be a clash against Justin Gaethje, and he confirmed that intention via his "live" on Instagram. "Gaethje should be my next opponent, there's no doubt about it. It's no secret that Gaethje and Makhachev have the same manager, so obviously their plan is to send Islam on me, to remove what should be followed by Gaethje."
"The problem is Gaethje. Brother, you call yourself a fighter. You're one of the most exciting competitors in the whole sport. Get ready to create a 'highlight' shot or be a part of it. I'm like that and I'm ready for it," Chandler told his planned opponent.
Gaethje refused fight
But his plans will be hard to come by if what he says is true. Namely, Gaethje obviously has no intention of fighting him, and it is difficult to conclude what he is actually waiting for. "I'll tell you something.
I've said Justin Gaethje's name for sure a hundred times since I've been in this organization. He's been offered a fight against me three or four times and he's refused each time." "We've ranked two places apart, and he hasn't fought since October last year.
He needs a fight if he intends to fight for the title. But for some reason his camp and he are not interested in fighting me ", the former Bellator champion is dissatisfied with his current situation. In the lightweight rankings, Dustin Poirier is the first challenger.
Behind him is Gaethje, third is Beneil Dariush, and fourth is Chandler, while Top 5 is now closed by Islam Makhachev. We'll see if this changes some things or if Chandler still gets an opponent he doesn't want. Chandler seems very frustrated by the fact that Gaethje is constantly refusing to fight him, but if it comes to fighting it will be an additional motive for revenge.
On the other hand, a fight would be very attractive to watch, and indeed the UFC would make a good choice with such a fight