UFC just announced that Islam Makhachev will face Beneil Dariush in a UFC event scheduled for February 2022. These two lightweights are next in line for the title after Justin Gaethje. Gaethje is a former interim lightweight champion who lost the title unification match to Khabib Nurmagomedov back in 2020.
Gathje returned to the octagon at UFC 268 to take on the former Bellator lightweight champion, Michael Chandler. These two went on an absolute war for 3 rounds, and Gaethje came out on top and secured his title shot against the winner of Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira’s fight scheduled for UFC 269.
Islam also wanted a title shot, but he a scuffle with Gaethje, who asked him to beat a legitimate contender first. Recently on UFC’s official podcast titled ‘UFC Unflitered’, Gaethje took his shots on Makhachev making a case as to why he has more to do to get to a title shot. “Makhachev fought No. 14, went to No. 5 and fought a late replacement in Dan Hooker,” he said.
“It wasn’t Dan Hooker on a full camp. It does not count as much, but still, it’s two top 15 guys, none in the top five, only one in the top 10. That’s not how this sh*t works,” Gaethje continued. “Do your f*cking job, fight these guys, and Beneil Dariush is right here. And I like the dude, he’s my friend so you know I’m just going to jump over this man and expect to get a title shot when the No. 3 guy is Beneil Dariush. Handle that. That has to be handled.”
“I’ll let him go first,” Justin Gaethje vows to give Islam Makhachev a title shot as soon as he becomes the champion
Gaethje called out Daniel Cormier for allegedly trying to push Makhachev for the title shot, he sorted things out with DC later, and he talked about this in his recent interview with MMA Fighting, he said, “It’s got me in trouble many times in my life but I consider myself a straight shooter. When I see something, I speak to it. When I saw that happen that night, I said what I thought and I was unhappy. If DC was in my shoes and someone was trying to pass him up, take money off his table, take food away from his family, he would have said the same thing. I got respect for what tried to do. But again, not even DC can challenge the f—king integrity of what I just did.”
Gaethje is one of the most exciting fighters on the entire UFC roster, and he is not trying to avoid Makhachev, he claimed after beating the winner of Poirier vs Oliveira he will face Makhachev in his first title defense, he said, “I’ll let him go first if he gets his spot. I’ll beat one of these guys and then I’ll allow him to go first. F*ck yeah, I’m looking forward to that. War is coming. He has to know one thing, f—king war is coming. So bring it.”