Justin Gaethje On Retirement Rumors: This Is Straight BS

After a rumor spread on social media that Justin Gaethje was possibly retiring, the former title challenger shut that down right quick. Fans last saw Gaethje perform in the biggest fight of his life when he took on the unbeaten former champion Khabib N…

After a rumor spread on social media that Justin Gaethje was possibly retiring, the former title challenger shut that down right quick. Fans last saw Gaethje perform in the biggest fight of his life when he took on the unbeaten former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254. Without a doubt, many believed Gaethje to have […]

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Vicente Luque vs. Michael Chiesa Is Set For UFC 265

Vicente LuqueTop welterweight contenders, Vicente Luque and Michael Chiesa are set to square off at UFC 265 on August 7. Chris Prawdzik of Cageside Press first announced news of the fight on social media, he wrote. “#Breaking Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) vs. Vicente Luque (@VicenteLuqueMMA) set for #UFC265 in August. What a fight!” Luque heads into the […]

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Top welterweight contenders, Vicente Luque and Michael Chiesa are set to square off at UFC 265 on August 7.

Chris Prawdzik of Cageside Press first announced news of the fight on social media, he wrote.

“#Breaking Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) vs. Vicente Luque (@VicenteLuqueMMA) set for #UFC265 in August. What a fight!”

Luque heads into the UFC 265 match-up on the back of three consecutive wins, all coming by stoppage. The 29-year-old picked up the biggest win of his career last time out when he knocked out former champion, Tyron Woodley, inside one round. Prior to that, he stopped Randy Brown and Niko Price to establish himself as a true contender at 170lbs. Luque holds several other high-profile wins over the likes of Mike Perry and Belal Muhammad.

Chiesa has looked brilliant since moving up to welterweight in December 2018. ‘Maverick’ is currently riding a four-fight win streak. Last time out he out grappled Neil Magny over five rounds for a decision win. Prior to that Chiesa picked up wins over Rafael dos Anjos, Diego Sanchez, and Carlos Condit. He holds several high-profile wins from his time at lightweight over the likes of Beneil Dariush, Jim Miller, and Al Iaquinta.

UFC 265 is really starting to take shape. On Monday, a strawweight rematch between Angela Hill and Tecia Torres was announced. The pair previously fought at UFC 188 in 2015, with Torres emerging victorious via numinous decision. They were booked to face off for a second time at UFC 256 in December last year but a positive COVID-19 test forced Hill out of the bout.

UFC 265 Fight Card (So Far)

Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena

Jose Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz

Vicente Luque vs. Michael Chiesa

Casey Kenny vs. Song Yadong

Johnny Muñoz Jr. vs. Jamey Simmon

Melissa Gatto vs. Victoria Leonardo

Vince Morales vs. Drako Rodriguez

Who do you think will emerge victorious at UFC 265? Vicente Luque or Michael Chiesa?

Dan Hooker: Chandler Fight Doesn’t Go That Way 9 Times Out Of 10

After the smoke cleared at UFC 257, Dan Hooker still believes his knockout loss to Michael Chandler was a borderline fluke. Dan Hooker last competed on the blockbuster pay-per-view headlined by Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier 3. In the co-main event,…

After the smoke cleared at UFC 257, Dan Hooker still believes his knockout loss to Michael Chandler was a borderline fluke. Dan Hooker last competed on the blockbuster pay-per-view headlined by Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier 3. In the co-main event, the New Zealand native had the pleasure of welcoming Chandler to the UFC. However, […]

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Chandler: If Eddie Alvarez Can Beat Justin Gaethje, I Definitely Can

After coming up short in realizing his title dreams at UFC 262, Michael Chandler believes that if he is matched with Justin Gaethje, he will win handily. While Michael Chandler was unable to capture the vacant lightweight title against Charles Oliveira…

After coming up short in realizing his title dreams at UFC 262, Michael Chandler believes that if he is matched with Justin Gaethje, he will win handily. While Michael Chandler was unable to capture the vacant lightweight title against Charles Oliveira back at UFC 262, he showed he’s all action with an early knockdown, and […]

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Chandler Says Gaethje Fight May Be Biggest Fan Favorite Fight On Earth

After coming so tantalizingly close to claiming the UFC lightweight championship before being dropped by Charles Oliveira, Michael Chandler is already looking forward to a future clash with Justin Gaethje. Chandler was more than happy to share his thou…

After coming so tantalizingly close to claiming the UFC lightweight championship before being dropped by Charles Oliveira, Michael Chandler is already looking forward to a future clash with Justin Gaethje. Chandler was more than happy to share his thoughts with MMA Fighting when asked about the possible/inevitable showdown between him and Gaethje. “I think Gaethje-Chandler […]

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Dana White Struggling To Find Back-Up For Poirier Vs. McGregor III

Dana WhiteDana White wants to ensure that the UFC 264 goes on without a hitch. There’s only one problem: White’s struggling to find the right backup fighter for the main event. White is gambling that UFC 264 will be the biggest PPV event of the year for the promotion. The first full capacity event in the […]

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Dana White wants to ensure that the UFC 264 goes on without a hitch.

There’s only one problem: White’s struggling to find the right backup fighter for the main event.

White is gambling that UFC 264 will be the biggest PPV event of the year for the promotion. The first full capacity event in the promotion’s hometown, Las Vegas, the scheduled main event is one of the most anticipated rubber matches in recent MMA history. However, the past year has shown the UFC and the rest of the world anything can happen. Therefore, having a contingency plan is critical.  White recognizes the need, but it has been challenging.

Speaking recently with Bleacher Report, White confirmed that finding a suitable backup has not been an easy task. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“I’m actually looking for someone right now to be the backup on that card,” White said. “Nobody’s jumping out. Nobody’s kicking down my door.”

To better understand White’s difficulty, it’s essential to understand the activity in the lightweight division thus far in 2021. Dustin Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) and Conor McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) are ranked one and five in the lightweight division. Many had originally speculated that the rematch would be for the vacated belt after undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov unexpectedly retired.  

However, the UFC decided to allow Charles Oliviera and Michael Chandler to compete for the title instead, with Oliveira emerging victorious. Incidentally, the same card saw three of the top six lightweights in action. Both Chandler(#4) and Beneil Dariush (#3) expressed after their fights that they would like time off, hoping to return to the octagon towards the end of the year. Tony Ferguson (#6) suffered a decisive loss that left many wondering if he would retire. So with most of the top of the division tied up, only one name remains a viable option, Justin Gaethje (#2).

With a loss to Poirier and having yet to face McGregor, Gaethje seems like the logical option. However, he has expressed his disappointment with how the UFC has handled him since his loss to Nurmagomedov. Getting an offer to be a backup for the biggest fight of the year is likely not ideal for him at this time.

If both McGregor and Poirier can remain healthy and compete on July 10th, there is no issue. If not, hopefully, one of the top contenders in the division steps up to help White save the card.

Who do you think Dana White should vigorously pursue to be the backup for the UFC 264 main event?