In early November 2021, Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje provided the best UFC match of the past year, and many MMA websites named the fight the best MMA fight of the past calendar year. It's hard not to agree, and the only regret is that we didn't watch five rounds, but three.
Gaethje finally celebrated with the unanimous decision of the judges, but both fighters delighted the fans. It was Justin’s first win by a judge’s decision, under the auspices of the UFC. Only three times in a total of 26 professional appearances, Gaethje has scored on points.
Justin is a fighter who prefers to end his opponent by knockout and that is always his goal. Still, it's hard to say that Gaethje didn't try to knock out Chandler either, but Justin revealed in an interview with BT Sport that he was a bit disappointed with his performance, because he thinks he was more reserved than usual.
'' To be completely honest with you, I thought it was a boring fight, at least while I was in it. Yes, it doesn’t make sense, but for the first time, it occurred to me that I wanted to win more than a knockout."
"So it wasn’t good and I didn’t like it. I want to get back to a stage where I just wanted to hurt someone and end them. But now that I have won and got the 'title shot', I can go back to what it should be, '' Gaethje said.
No wonder Justin desperately wanted to win. The victory over Chandler leads him to a new attack on the belt, currently held by Charles Oliveira.
Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor
Gaethje hopes to become champion and the stakes against Chandler were high.
While it is likely that Justin will be the next challenger, Conor McGregor is often making confusion by comments that he will skip Justin. Although Gaethje would be totally frustrated if this happened, he is aware that the chances of such a thing are very low.
'' I don't know, I don't want to talk about it. The only reason this can happen is that you are constantly questioning me and mentioning it." "You’re actually just doing your job, and that’s creating a story.
It is not relevant at this time. He has a broken leg and by asking me about it, you are questioning integrity." "You as journalists must know that this must never happen (Conor's attack on the title, op. Cit.) And you must do everything you can to prevent it from happening, "Highlight said.
Indeed, pushing Conor McGregor toward the opportunity to attack the belt makes no sense. The Irishman recorded two defeats in a row last year and has celebrated only once in his last four appearances.