‘This Fu**er is Slandering My Name’- Justin Gaethje Blasts Michael Chandler for Recent Accusations

Published 07/22/2021, 12:25 PM EDT
DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Justin Gaethje prepares to enter the Octagon against Eddie Alvarez in their lightweight bout during the UFC 218 event inside Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje went off on Michael Chandler with a recent tweet that has taken everyone by surprise. ‘The Highlight’ isn’t someone that usually engages in Twitter call-outs, however, it seems as though Chandler struck a nerve. Chiefly, Michael Chandler recently spoke to Mac Life and had some rather interesting warring words for Justin Gaethje.

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Chandler claimed that Gaethje has been offered to fight him on multiple occasions and yet the fight hasn’t come to fruition. While he wasn’t outright in his conveyance, it’s clear that Chandler was implying that Gaethje was avoiding the fight.

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“Justin Gaethje, come on bro. You call yourself a fighter and you are. You’re one of the most exciting guys in Mixed Martial Arts. Be prepared to make a highlight or be made a highlight cause that’s what I am, that’s what I’m ready to do.”

“I’ve said Justin Gaethje’s name no less than a hundred times since I’ve signed with the organization. He’s been asked to fight me three or four different times. Every time he’s declined. He and I are ranked two spots away from each other. He has not fought since last October.”

Justin Gaethje simply couldn’t let Chandler’s recent comments slide and he clapped back with full force. He trolled Chandler by saying he got preferential treatment from Dana White and also asked him why he went MIA after his loss.

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Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler

On paper, Gaethje vs Chandler is the fight to make. Both men are coming off losses in title fights and are ranked inside the top 5. Not to mention, there’s clearly some beef brewing between the contenders who want to return to title contention.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: (R-L) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Michael Chandler in their UFC lightweight championship bout at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Not to mention, the bout is a stylistic gem for many reasons, one of them being that a finish is likely to occur. Both men have a ‘kill or be killed’ mentality and their body of work in their respective careers is a testament to that.

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UFC fans will definitely want to see this bout take place but it all depends on how the UFC plans to shape out the division.’

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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