UFC 268 , NEW YORK – Fights that are relied upon to be pretty much as fierce as the one between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler here and there underdeliver. Not this time. Indeed, it was the exact inverse.
In the most activity stuffed MMA battle of 2021, Gaethje crushed Chandler by means of consistent choice (29-29, 29-28, 30-27) on the UFC 268 principle card Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Chandler shook Gaethje in the first round. Gaethje almost completed in the second, gravely bloodying Chandler. Also, the third was a this way and that ensemble of brutality. Neither one of the men offered a bit of leeway.
“I knew precisely who the f – he was,” Gaethje said in his postfight meet. “He’s a champion. We are living in some unacceptable occasions. He and I ought to have been battling in the Colosseum. That is the thing that ought to have occurred.”
ESPN has Gaethje positioned No. 3 and Chandler positioned No. 4 on the planet at lightweight coming in. Gaethje has said the entire week that he accepted he will have done what’s needed for a title shot with a success. What’s more, he was the victor Saturday night.
“Obviously,” Gaethje said. “Who else?”
With the fans going this way and that reciting for the two men, Chandler shot Gaethje with a major mix in the first round, snapping his head back. Chandler flurried against the enclosure, however Gaethje made due in the attack. In the second round, it was Gaethje’s move. He dropped Chandler with an uppercut and endeavored to complete on the ground. Chandler, bloodied and wounded, endure.
Chandler terminated back with enormous blends to the body in the third round. Be that as it may, the uppercut was there twice for Gaethje, doing significant harm once more. In any case, Chandler continued approaching – grinning, with blood pouring from his face and egging Gaethje on. Chandler was waving for Gaethje to approach and surprisingly got him for a major hammer, however Gaethje mixed when they hit the ground and took Chandler’s back.
Gaethje (23-3) has won five of six with the main misfortune during that opportunity approaching against then-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Arizona local battling out of Colorado had not been to choice starting around 2014 in World Series of Fighting. Gaethje, 32, had nine execution rewards in eight UFC battles coming in and is an obvious choice for his tenth.
Chandler (22-7) has dropped two straight. In his last session, the Missouri local, who battles out of Florida, fell in an empty title battle to Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 in May. Chandler, 35, is the previous three-time Bellator lightweight boss.
Gaethje-Chandler opened up the primary card at UFC 268. Kamaru Usman protects his UFC welterweight title in a rematch against Colby Covington in the headliner and Rose Namajunas guards her strawweight title against Zhang Weili in the co-headliner. Besides, previous lightweight champ Frankie Edgar meets Marlon “Chito” Vera in a bantamweight session