Latest UFC light-weight championship challenger, Michael Chandler has confirmed he’s focused on a doable, fairly frankly, mouth-watering matchup towards former interim champion, Justin Gaethje subsequent — as he appears to be like to rebound to the winner’s enclosure for the primary time in his UFC run.
Chandler headlined UFC 262 earlier this month from the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas — drawing Charles Oliveira in a vacant light-weight title contest. Beginning brilliantly, Chandler wobbled the Sao Paulo native within the early exchanges, earlier than giving up his again in a scramble.
Ultimately scrambling again to his toes, Chandler backed Oliveira to the Octagon fence the place he unloaded a proper hand, clipping, and dropping Oliveira with a minute remaining within the spherical. Unable to take away the Brazilian from the struggle earlier than the second spherical, Chandler himself was clipped with a left hand early within the second body, forcing a stumble and a revert, before Oliveira swarmed and clinched the championship with a barrage at the fence of his own.
Following the loss, Chandler maintained that his journey within the Octagon, which solely started in January of this 12 months on ‘Struggle Island’, continues to be in its infancy, as that the perfect was nonetheless to come back from him.
“I’LL (nonetheless) SEE YOU AT THE TOP!” Chandler posted. “A message to you… you’re the explanation I do that. The solar rose a little bit extra painfully the final two days, however I’ve an important issues in life in abundance. Help, love, well being, and hope. The most effective is but to come back and this journey is much from over. I’m completely satisfied as may be again at residence with probably the most wonderful girl on earth #briechandler and the sunshine of our life, little Hapman (Chandler). Large due to my group @sanfordmma @henrihooft @kamibarzini @coachgjones @drcpeacock … I’ll be again earlier than you already know it. #mma #UFC #ufc262“
Talking with MMA Fighting throughout a current interview, Chandler touched on a doable assembly towards the #2 ranked contender, Gaethje subsequent, and claimed that he’ll both find yourself on the tip of Gaethje’s highlight-reel — or he’ll add the previous interim gold holder to his.
“I feel (Justin) Gaethje (vs.) (Michael) Chandler might be the most important fan favorite struggle on the complete planet proper now,” Chandler stated. “I feel he turns into a part of my spotlight reel or I develop into part of his spotlight reel and each of us come ahead and revel in an excellent old style, passionate scrap. That’s how he’s wired. That’s how I’m wired.“
Chandler was briefly linked to a showdown towards the Colorado striker previous to the reserving of his vacant title conflict towards Oliveira and maintains that since he arrived within the UFC final October — to function the backup to Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje, he’s had sights set on an eventual assembly.
“Justin Gaethje’s been on the information of the UFC’s tongue, our tongue, myself and my administration, since we signed with the UFC,” Chandler stated. “It simply hasn’t labored out that means for quite a few totally different causes.“
While Chandler has plans to take a while off forward of a 3rd Octagon look of the 12 months within the coming months, Gaethje has but to characteristic since he headlined UFC 254 reverse Khabib on ‘Struggle Island’ final October in a failed bid to unify the light-weight championships; struggling a second spherical triangle defeat.
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