“I’m Better Than Charles Oliveira.”- Justin Gaethje Has a Surprise List for the Best UFC Lightweights

Published 10/13/2021, 12:18 PM EDT


Justin Gaethje is regarded as one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. Throughout his distinguished career, “The Highlight” has compiled a professional fight record of 22 victories and 3 defeats. Because of his thrilling fighting style and attitude, he has emerged as one of the UFC’s most popular fighters.

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Gaethje is indeed a very entertaining individual, both inside and outside of the octagon. His interviews have always revealed his comedic side, and fans like his sense of humor. Justin Gaethje recently appeared on the UFC’s official YouTube website for an interview in which he discussed a range of topics.

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In the video, “The Highlight” ranked the top five lightweight fighters in the UFC right now, in his opinion. Gaethje began his rankings with lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at the top, but he also stated, “but he is not the best in this weight class. I can promise you that.”Justin mentioned Charles at number one, as he currently holds the title. He then placed Dustin Poirier in second place, and himself at the third rank. His fourth-ranked lightweight was Beneil Dariush and lastly followed by his upcoming opponent, Michael Chandler, at rank number five.

But then he then made a few changes in his list of fighter rankings. Gaethje said, “I mean Poirier beat me. I’m not gonna put myself above him. I’m better than Charles Oliveira. It goes Dustin Poirier, then it goes me, and then it goes Charles Oliveira”. He placed Poirier at the top, followed by himself and then the current champion, Charles Oliveira. 

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What’s next for Justin Gaethje?

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Justin Gaethje will return to the octagon for the first fight in over a year at UFC 268 to face Michael Chandler in a lightweight bout. The last time Justin competed in the UFC, “The Eagle” defeated him via technical submission.

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The lightweight showdown between the two will take place on November 6 at Madison Square Garden as part of the blockbuster UFC 268 event. This battle will undoubtedly be one to see, since Gaethje and Chandler are both regarded as two of the most ferocious strikers to grace the octagon. Knowing the character of the fighters, fans expect everything but a decision to end the fight.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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