Israel Adesanya Jon Jones and UFC Fans Go Crazy as Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje Put On a Bloody Show at UFC 268

Published 11/06/2021, 10:46 PM EDT

After a two-year hiatus, the MMA leader returned to action in New York with a stacked card at UFC 268. An epic lightweight clash between Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje was the opening fight on the night. 


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The fight between the two was rescheduled as the opening bout of the night in order to allow Trevor Wittman enough time to attend to all of his fighters who were initially set to fight consecutively. 

In the build-up to the fight, both men promised fans and pundits alike that it would be fireworks from the get-go. Chandler went one step ahead and made a bold prediction that Gaethje would be done in one. 


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The bout lived up to all the hype it had garnered over the last few weeks. ‘Iron’ and ‘Chandler’ swung leather from the very first minute of the fight. Both men had the other hurt badly at various points in time.

However, both fighters somehow persevered and put on an epic three-round bloody fight that had the fans on their feet the entire time. Needless to say, Twitter was flooded with praise for both ‘Iron’ and ‘The Highlight’. Here are some of the best reactions to the fight.

Twitter reacts as Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler deliver on all the hype at UFC 268

Steve-O was hyped for the first fight on the main card.

John Hyon Ko had an apt comparison for Gaethje vs Chandler.

Robbie Glover was team Gaethje tonight.

Ben Kiely shared his thoughts.

Marc Raimondi could not have been more spot on with his assessment.

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya shared an epic tweet.

Chris Pratt was not wrong when he said the main card will be insane.

Sean Sheehan had an interesting take after round one.

Safe to say the fight lived up to all the expectations Brett Okamoto had.

Chandler vs Gaethje got a stamp of approval from Ben Askren.

Ryan Frederick had Gaethje ahead going into round three.

Tony Ferguson commented on an epic display by both men.

Jon Jones echoed the sentiments of fight fans all around the world.

Daniel Cormier heaped praise on Gaethje and Chandler.

Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou was impressed, to say the least.


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The UFC Twitter page shared an insane clip from the fight.


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What did you make of the UFC 268 fight between Chandler and Gaethje? Is it one of the best fights you’ve seen in the UFC? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is a senior UFC author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA desk, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.