The fight between Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje at UFC 268 was one of the most exciting fights of this year, the fight went exactly as advertised and after 3 rounds of absolute war, Gaethje came out on top with a unanimous decision victory.
Nothing was official but this was a title eliminator and now Gaethje will face the winner of the champion Charles Oliveria and Dustin Poirier fight, another contender Islam Makhachev also got a dominating win against Dan Hooker at UFC 267, and Daniel Cormier commented that he’s next in line for the title.
This statement pissed off Gaethje and he got in a verbal altercation with DC, now after his victory DC has commented on the current status of the lightweight division, he said, “Chandler came out throwing everything with 100 percent power, but Gaethje was just there and landing, answering and just really doing his thing. That whole thing with Justin Gaethje last weekend, I said what I felt and he took offense. But all week, not one second was Justin Gaethje mad at me, upset or approached me in an angry way.”
“If you’re going to be the champ, you have to,” Daniel Cormier drops a piece of advice for Islam Makhachev
DC talked about Gaethje’s performance and he said, “He spoke about it in that moment, and you know what? Last night he went out there and did what he had to do in order to ensure that he keeps his championship fight, because he fought Michael Chandler and beat Michael Chandler – a very trained, well-prepared Michael Chandler. So hat’s off to Justin Gaethje, and honestly, I believe that he will be the guy to fight for the belt next.”
He added, “Islam will have to fight again, and that’s OK because I believe that Islam will be able to handle just about any challenges in front of him,” Cormier said. “You have to, right? If you’re going to be the champ, you have to.”