UFC 262 drops on May 15, and we’ll discover out who the inheritor to the vacant throne of Khabib Nurmagomedov is.
Michael Chandler – who simply made an unbelievable debut at UFC 257 – will face Chales Olivieira for the appropriate to be topped the brand new lightweight champion after The Eagle determined to keep in retirement.
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Justin Gaethje was on an excellent run earlier than bumping into Khabib Nurmagomedov
Justin Gaethje is the quantity two lightweight on the earth, however he was not thought-about for the publish a lot to the shock of many UFC followers.
So when is he going to take one other battle? We have not seen Gathje since he failed at Khabib in October 2020, however his manager, Abel Abdelaziz, says he is ready for the appropriate battle.
“I don’t think it’s business (problems) right now,” Abdelaziz mentioned. “I believe I simply have to have the appropriate battle. I see lots of people calling him.
Justin Gaethje tried laborious earlier than submitting to Khabib
“You can’t just be out of the lightweight division for six years and come back and try to fight No.2. You have to learn that.”
On paper, Dustin Poirier would have been a pure match to have half the lightweight title battle, particularly after an enormous knockout victory over Conor McGregor.
Poirier mentioned he did not need to battle Chandler for the belt as a result of he felt the previous Bellator champion had to win the battle first. UFC president Dana White clearly disagreed.
Gaethje arguably makes extra sense than Oliveira in some methods, however Abdelaziz believes the UFC does not need somebody who misplaced to Khabib within the vacant title recreation.
Michael Chandler made the MMA group sit again and spot his UFC debut
“Look, Justin was supposed to be fighting Michael Chandler,” Abdelaziz mentioned. “It was the speech. We came upon Chandler was fighting Oliveira, and I get it.
“The UFC needs a champion who has by no means misplaced to Khabib (Nurmagomedov). If a man who misplaced to Khabib turns into the champion… you want extra time to make Khabib neglect, proper? They took the step, and I perceive.
Perhaps Gaethje will tackle the winner of Chandler and Oliveira, however, if McGregor and Poirier proceed regardless of the Irishman’s newest declare, he would certainly be the primary to face the winner as effectively.
Gaethje may have to get energetic once more quickly and keep within the combine.
Justin Gaethje reportedly in line to battle Michael Chandler’s winner towards Charles Oliveira
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