‘He’s Not Done’- Justin Gaethje Reflects Back on His Fight and Lauds His Opponent ‘Warrior’ Michael Chandler

Published 11/13/2021, 2:55 PM EST
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 former lightweight title challengers Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler went to war against each other at UFC 268. Both the lightweight combatants lived up to the hype and put up an amazing fight for the fans.

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However, it was ‘The Highlight’ who came out victorious after a five-round, gruesome battle. This loss marked the second setback for Chandler’s UFC career. However, Gaethje believes that ‘Iron’ is not done yet and should believe in the process.

Recently, ‘The Highlight’ sat in a conversation with John Morgan of MMA Junkie. The #2 lightweight contender reflected back on one of the best fights of his UFC career and also lauded Chandler for his performance.

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Gaethje said, When you go through stuff like this, you can’t look for a source of information. The only source of information is yourself, and if you’re looking for outside information, like you’re done.”

“There’s no coming back. So no, he didn’t ask me (for advice) because he’s a warrior, and he’s not done. You’ve got to go home. You have to look at yourself in the mirror, and you have to believe in the process.”

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“And you have to understand this is part of the process. So, you know, I’ve been worse, and I’ve never felt better. He’s been better. Probably never felt worse. So it just s*cks. It’s a crazy game.”

Justin Gaethje for the Lightweight Title Next

Justin Gaethje with a professional record of 23-3 under his name is one of the most prominent names in the UFC. He became the UFC interim champion at UFC 249. However, he lost the title fight after unifying his interim belt against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Interestingly, ‘The Highlight’ has now bounced back to the win column with a stunning win over Michael Chandler. He has cemented his position in the lightweight division. Gaethje is currently #2 on the roster and is likely to receive a title shot next against the winner of Dustin Poirier vs Charles Oliveira bout.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: (R-L) Justin Gaethje kicks Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the Dagestan native Islam Makhachev is also in the picture. He has been demanding a title shot as he is currently on a nine-fight win streak of his UFC career. Makhachev’s friend and coach none other than the UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov is also backing his friend for the same.

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However, many suggest being #2 in the division Gaethje is a viable prospect for the lightweight gold. Even the UFC supremo Dana White is interested in making the fight between ‘The Highlight’ and the winner from the lightweight bout as seen in the pre-fight press conference of UFC 268.

What do you make out of Gaethje’s words for Chandler? Who do you guys think should get the title shot next? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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