‘After I Break Chandler, I’ll Get My Rematch’- Justin Gaethje Wants a Title Fight With Dustin Poirier

Published 08/12/2021, 12:47 PM EDT
DALLAS, TX – MAY 12: Justin Gaethje speaks to the media during the UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference at the American Airlines Center on May 12, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC lightweight elite and one of the diminutive strikers in UFC, Justin Gaethje, has laid out a plan for the title glory. The maestro, who is gearing up for a match against Michael Chandler, replied to a tweet of a fan who wanted either of him or Dustin Poirier to win the title this year.

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‘The Highlight’ wrote, @DustinPoirier will KO @CharlesDoBronxs in December. After I break @MikeChandlerMMA on Nov 6th at any venue on the planet, I will get my rematch and you will see a replay of the best fight that happened on earth in 2018. That’s a year to look forward to.”

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Gaethje will look to make a return to the octagon after suffering a submission loss last year against Khabib. The latter defended his undisputed gold and retired from the game. Poirier, meanwhile, is looking towards a lightweight title fight against Charles Oliveira later this year. The southpaw got the better of Conor McGregor in consecutive matches.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Justin Gaethje poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at the Park Theater on July 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The fight with Poirier, as mentioned by Gaethje (22-3), was indeed one of the best. Both super strikers collided in an all-time classic where the southpaw got the better of Gaethje in a TKO win. Leg kicks, punches, and a lot of talk in the middle were the highlights of the match.

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Justin Gaethje predicts Poirier vs Oliveira

If there is anyone who knows Poirier’s style, it’s got to be Gaethje. After their insane matchup in 2018, Gaethje knows the former’s weaknesses and strengths. During the weigh-in show prior to UFC 265, the American discussed how Poirier is better compared to Oliveira.

“I think Dustin Poirier’s better. I think Charles Oliveira still has some quite deep down in him—not even deep. It’s pretty shallow. Michael Chandler showed it.”

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“But yeah, Dustin Poirier will make him quit, probably from being more hungry, more pressure… I mean, I want Charles Oliveira to show me that he’s not a quitter because nothing has showed me that,” he said.

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It will be interesting to see when Oliveira and Poirier will face each other for the title. As for Gaethje, he knows he is one win away from another shot at the gold.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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