Justin Gaethje did at UFC 268 what he set out to do. He defeated Michael Chandler and is now waiting for the outcome of the situation in the category, ie the title fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier, which will take place next month.
After that, he wants to see himself in the next attack on the throne. In fact, before the fight against Chandler, he even announced that if he was left without an attack on the title in case of victory, he would organize a big rebellion.
He is not thinking about something like that at the moment, but he is certainly of the opinion that there should be no other options besides him. "I don't need to listen to any explanations. I just won't because I already know everything.
I don't even intend to listen because these aren't things I can control, you know what I mean?" "I did what I had under my control. Beyond that, higher on nothing they can influence. Now it's all up to the fans and the reporters, they have to examine integrity, that's what you need to deal with, "Gaethje said in an interview with MMA Junkie.
It is clear what Justin meant by that. To every sporting sense according to which he deserved to fight for the title of champion. After all, he did an impressive fight against the previous challenger, and the only defeat in the last six fights he suffered from the now former champion Nurmagomedov.
He, like many fans, believes that the integrity of the sport has been violated by some meaningless pairings or skipping steps in the cases of some fighters, and he does not want that to happen in his category. "I need to fight winners Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler.
That would justify the integrity of this sport and that's what I can say on the subject. I don't think I need to add anything other than that," he concluded. At the moment, it seems that his main opponent is Islam Makhachev, who has looked impressive in all fights so far, but his victory over Dan Hooker is also his first over a Top 10 fighter.
However, there is already quite strong pressure from his colleague Khabib Nurmagomedov to give his successor the opportunity to ascend the throne. The decision will of course be up to the UFC. Looks like it's never been more exciting in his category