UFC president Dana White teased a potential Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler lightweight bout, saying “that’d be a fun fight.”
Chandler just recently lost to Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 in a failed bid to become the new UFC lightweight champion, but he remains as motivated as ever to get back in the win column and earn another crack at the belt. Similarly, Gaethje was the interim champ this year one year ago, but he lost in his chance to unify the belts with former champ Khabib Nurmagomedov last fall. Gaethje has remained adamant that he is still one of the top lightweights on the sport and he is awaiting his next booking.
Despite losing to Oliveira, Chandler put up a great fight in a loss, and fans are excited to see him fight again. Speaking to TMZ Sports, White said that the UFC is considering booking Chandler vs. Gaethje.
“There’s a few opportunities (for Chandler). He could fight Gaethje. We’ll see. We don’t have anything don’t yet, but that makes sense, and that’d be a fun fight,” White said. “Imagine Chandler and Gaethje?”
On paper, a Chandler vs. Gaethje fight would be a matchup between two of the most exciting lightweights on the UFC roster right now. Both men have no problem standing and trading with their opponents and both men come from wrestling backgrounds, making this a highly intriguing fight. It’s possible that the winner of a potential Chandler vs. Gaethje matchup could even get a title shot in the stacked UFC lightweight division. It would be a big fight for the weight class and hopefully, the UFC can get it done because Chandler vs. Gaethje has “Fight of the Night” written all over it.
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