‘It’ll Be Fun to Punch You in the Face’- Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler Get Into a Heated Altercation During an Interview

Published 08/06/2021, 11:45 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)


The much-anticipated lightweight fight between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler was recently finalized. After months of back and forth, the two men will collide as the co-main event at UFC 268. The main event will be the rematch for the welterweight title between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. 

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Prior to UFC 265, Justin Gaethje was invited to the weigh-in show. During the interview, Gaethje shared his thoughts on his next fight with Chandler, who was also present.

He said, “I got nothing mean to say. We do mean things to each other one night a year. It’s been a while since I fought someone I didn’t like. For some reason, you’re a little different. I think it was James Vick, the last guy I fought that I didn’t like. It’ll be fun to punch you in the face.”

‘The Highlight’ continued, “I’m excited to fight someone I don’t like. It’s been a while. I have no reason not to like you. Something about your face just makes me want to punch it.”

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Will the winner of Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler fight for the belt?

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Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje and ranked number two and four in the UFC’s lightweight rankings. Both men suffered a loss in their last outings, which happened to be for the belt. While Gaethje succumbed to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Charles Oliveira stopped Chandler in round two. 

Both men are without a doubt two of the best fighters, not just at lightweight, but in the UFC period. ‘The Diamond’ will take on ‘Do Bronx’ for the title sometime soon. Islam Makhachev is taking on Rafael dos Anjos later this year.

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If Makhachev were to secure a win over ‘RDA’, he would be next in line for a title shot. However, if he stumbles against ‘RDA’, the winner of Gaethje vs Chandler would be next in line. 

What do you make of the fight between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler? Who do you think comes out on top? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA 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 writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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