If there’s a fight that promises explosiveness of a different level, it has to be Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler. The former interim champion has been waiting to return to the Octagon every since his second-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov back at UFC 264. Meanwhile, Michael Chandler came very close to becoming the new UFC lightweight champion only to lose the fight in the second round, with Charles Oliveira picking up a second-round TKO win over the former two-time Bellator lightweight champion to become the new UFC lightweight champion.
Needless to say, Michael Chandler will look to bounce back with a huge win to his name so as to once again stake his claim at the UFC gold. Chandler has promised that he would become the lightweight champion before 2021, and what better chance to get another shot than a win or Justin Gaethje.
Even UFC president Dana White was excited at the thought of Justin Gaethje bs Michael Chandler and looked in complete favor of a fight between the two lightweight fighters.
“There are a few opportunities. He could fight Gaethje. We will see. We don’t have anything done yet, but that makes sense and that would be a fun fight. Imagine Chandler and Gaethje.”
Needless to say, two of the most explosive and aggressive strikers in the history of the MMA, Michael Chandler vs Justin Gaethje promises to be fireworks.
Who wins between Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje?
Michael Chandler hits hard and there’s no denying that he can finish any fighter in the lightweight division. However, the same is the case with Justin Gaethje who is known for his explosive power and has time and again proved it inside the UFC Octagon.
Needless to say, a lot would depend on who is able to absorb the strikes well, and Justin Gaethje seems to have an upper hand there. Additionally, Gaethje’s chin appears to be more durable if we look at Chandler’s loss against Olievria and his last knockout loss at the Bellator which came against a featherweight fighter moving to the lightweight division.
Be that as it may, it promises to be an exciting match-up, and with knockout power on display, it’s safe to say that the result could be in the favor of any fighter.