Javier Mendez Sees More Options For Justin Gaethje To Win Than Michael Chandler

Gaethje ChandlerAmerican Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez is leaning towards Justin Gaethje at UFC 268. Gaethje returns to action for the first time in over a year when he faces Chandler at UFC 268 which takes place November 6 in Madison Square Garden, New York. Just about everyone is expecting a knockout within the first […]

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American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez is leaning towards Justin Gaethje at UFC 268.

Gaethje returns to action for the first time in over a year when he faces Chandler at UFC 268 which takes place November 6 in Madison Square Garden, New York.

Just about everyone is expecting a knockout within the first five minutes as both fighters carry heavy power.

Mendez, however, believes Gaethje has more tools in his toolbox which should see “The Highlight” come out on top and return to the win column.

In particular, Mendez mentioned Gaethje’s leg kicking ability.

“Chandler’s a hell of a fighter. He’s got good speed, good power,” Mendez said on Mike Swick’s podcast (via Middle Easy). “Gaethje’s got a bigger chin and he’s fantastic at those low calf kicks. I don’t think Michael is as proficient with those leg kicks, just as I warned Khabib.

“… I don’t think Michael is going to be able to stop him on those calf kicks. Even if you practice them, he’s so good at them that even Khabib couldn’t really stop those calf kicks from coming in. He went through him because Khabib is just mentally tough.”

Whether Chandler can get through them as well remains to be seen. But in the end, Mendez simply feels Gaethje has more pathways to victory than Chandler.

“Justin Gaethje is going to be a handful for Michael but anything can happen. Michael’s got the power, the speed, they’ve both got good wrestling,” Mendez added. “I think the stronger chin is definitely Gaethje, I think the stronger kicker is definitely Gaethje and I think they match up well as far as power. … I think Gaethje has more options to win.”

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Justin Gaethje Planning “Violent” And “Fast” Victory Over Chandler

Former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje is hoping to give Michael Chandler a “fast” and “violent” end to his night at UFC 268. Gaethje hasn’t been in action in almost a year. He last entered the Octagon at UFC 254 in a bid to become the first man to defeat the great Khabib Nurmagomedov. […]

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Former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje is hoping to give Michael Chandler a “fast” and “violent” end to his night at UFC 268.

Gaethje hasn’t been in action in almost a year. He last entered the Octagon at UFC 254 in a bid to become the first man to defeat the great Khabib Nurmagomedov. Despite a promising opening round, “The Highlight” failed to leave Abu Dhabi with undisputed gold after falling unconscious to a second-round triangle choke.

After being snubbed for the vacant lightweight title fight that went down at UFC 262 following Khabib’s retirement, Gaethje is looking to burst back into the title picture when he returns next month. On a stacked UFC 268 card, the 32-year-old will face fellow former title challenger Chandler. He’ll be hoping to set the tone for his teammates Kamaru Usman and Rose Namajunas, who will be defending their respective titles in the main and co-main event.

Ahead of his upcoming return to the cage, Gaethje spoke with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto. When asked what he’s expecting from the former Bellator Lightweight Champion heading into the pay-per-view, “The Highlight” suggested the pair will put on a “fun” fight for the fans. He also encouraged Chandler to fatigue himself by attempting to take him down.

“Being a wrestler, being a competitor his whole life, I think he’s gonna come out firing shots. I think it’s gonna be a great fight… which will be fun, fun for the crowd and fun for me. Will he start wrestling after I start landing big shots? I’m not sure, probably. But again, I’ve been defending takedowns my whole life. If he wants to waste energy there, then that’s fine. When he stands up he won’t be able to block his face anymore.”

Discussing the previous barnburners he’s had with the likes of Tony Ferguson, Gaethje suggested his fighting style naturally produces entertaining scraps. He doesn’t anticipate his next outing being any different, although he is looking to finish Chandler faster and more “violently” than he did “El Cucuy.”

“There’s only one common denominator in every single one of those fights and that’s myself. So, it is what it is, that’s how I fight. This fight will be just the same. I’m gonna go out there and try and break this dude as fast as possible, as violently as possible. ‘Most violent man’ and all that bullshit, doesn’t matter, I’m 22-3 with 19 knockouts, which one of those dudes can say that, which one of those dudes can say they got nine bonuses in their first seven fights, not one of them. The common denominator is gonna be me every single time. It’s the way I fight, it’s why they pay me so much money.”

Who do you think will have their hand raised at UFC 268, Justin Gaethje or Michael Chandler?

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Dariush Says He’s Deserving Of Title Shot Over Gaethje/Chandler Victor

UFC lightweight Beneil Dariush has claimed he’s more deserving of a shot at the 155-pound title than whoever wins the Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler clash at UFC 268. Dariush’s red-hot form went largely unnoticed prior to his most recent Octagon appearance. After defeats to Edson Barboza and Alexander Hernandez, the Iranian-born fighter was largely […]

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UFC lightweight Beneil Dariush has claimed he’s more deserving of a shot at the 155-pound title than whoever wins the Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler clash at UFC 268.

Dariush’s red-hot form went largely unnoticed prior to his most recent Octagon appearance. After defeats to Edson Barboza and Alexander Hernandez, the Iranian-born fighter was largely written off as a contender. Nearly three years later, the 32-year-old has built a seven-fight win streak, and secured the #3 spot in the lightweight rankings.

After getting back on track by defeating the likes of Thiago Moisés and Drew Dober, Dariush burst back onto the agenda with a memorable comeback knockout against Drakkar Klose at UFC 248. After another highlight-reel KO against Scott Holtzman, the UFC veteran had the opportunity to climb up the rankings against Carlos Diego Ferreira. Having fallen on the right side of a split decision, the California resident booked a meeting in the cage with fan favorite Tony Ferguson.

At UFC 262, Dariush completely dominated “El Cucuy” across three rounds. In a similar fashion to Charles Oliveira, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt prevented Ferguson from utilizing any of his weapons and cruised to a comfortable unanimous decision victory.

Having stepped away from action for the birth of his child, Dariush is ready to continue his quest to achieve UFC title glory. In a recent interview with The Schmo, the surging contender revealed he’s targeting a December return, and is willing to be backup for the UFC 269 main event between champion Oliveira and Dustin Poirier.

“I spoke with Sean [Shelby] and I said, ‘I just wanna fight December. Give me a little time to get used to the baby, and whoever you give me is fine.’ No name yet… I’m definitely interested in the [UFC 269] alternate position… I’m more than ready to go.”

In the other notable lightweight clash set to go down in the final months of the year, top-five contenders Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler will throw hands on the UFC 268 main card next month. Despite many suggesting the winner of that fight will be next in line for a title shot, Dariush believes his form has him ahead of both in the queue.

“Seven-fight win streak, I guess a bunch of bonuses… and I got like 20 fights in the UFC, people forget. I think I have like 16 wins in the UFC or something. So, I think that puts me a little bit ahead of everybody.

“I’ll probably get somebody to run through, and then either Charles or Dustin, which for me, makes no difference.”

The lightweight title scene will certainly becoming a lot clearer following UFC 268. In what is one of the most stacked cards of the year so far, Chandler and Gaethje’s clash will be joining two blockbuster championship rematches inside Madison Square Garden.

In the main event, UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman will look to successfully defend his title for the second time against Colby Covington. In the co-main event, Rose Namajunas will make the first defense of her second reign as the strawweight queen. For the second time this year, she’ll meet Zhang Weili inside the Octagon.

Do you think Beneil Dariush deserves a title shot over the winner of Michael Chandler vs. Justin Gaethje?

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Michael Chandler Predicts The Outcome Of Poirier versus Oliveira

Michael Chandler has given his prediction for how he sees the fight between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira playing out when the two meet later this year. After coming to the UFC as one of the most accomplished fighters to never fight inside the promotion, Michael Chandler had a dream start to life with his […]

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Michael Chandler has given his prediction for how he sees the fight between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira playing out when the two meet later this year.

After coming to the UFC as one of the most accomplished fighters to never fight inside the promotion, Michael Chandler had a dream start to life with his new company as he scored a huge knockout victory over Dan Hooker.

Following his debut, Chandler had a quick turnaround and competed against Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title just four months later. Despite a strong first round, the 35-year-old was caught and finished just 19-seconds into the second round.

While Chandler remains optimistic about fighting for UFC gold once again in the near future, he believes “Do Bronx” may not be the man sitting atop the division if that time ever arrives.

Charles Oliveira, Michael Chandler

During a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour, Michael Chandler began by applauding Oliveira for evolving and becoming the fighter we see today.

“I think they’re both complete fighters. I think Oliveira has shown over his last couple of fights, especially in the fight against me, his hands have come along,” Chandler stated. “He is basic and he hits hard. He hits harder than we think. His grappling is obviously…has always been on point.”

Although he was complimentary towards the champ, Chandler sees the fight going against the Brazilian.

“But I just think Dustin Poirier is a little bit better in every area. I think Dustin Poirier’s cardio, I think Dustin Poirier’s ability to get him hurt and finish the fight like I wasn’t able to do, is second to none. I think Dustin Poirier wins that fight by third or fourth-round stoppage.” Guessed Chandler.

Charles Oliveira will be hoping to make his first successful defense of the UFC lightweight title when he puts it all on the line against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 on December 11.

Do you agree with Michael Chandler’s prediction?

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Gaethje: Chandler Was “Seeking Attention” With Vaccination Comments

UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje has put his upcoming opponent Michael Chandler’s vaccination comments down to the former Bellator Lightweight Champion “seeking attention.” The two former 155-pound UFC title challengers are set to colli…

UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje has put his upcoming opponent Michael Chandler’s vaccination comments down to the former Bellator Lightweight Champion “seeking attention.” The two former 155-pound UFC title challengers are set to collide at UFC 268 on November 6. Gaethje will be competing for the first time in over a year. “The Highlight” was last […]

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Chandler Counters Gaethje’s Guarantee With A Promise Of His Own

Michael Chandler has countered Justin Gaethje’s guarantee that the former Bellator champion will shoot for an early takedown at UFC 268. The two former lightweight title challengers are set to collide on a stacked UFC 268 card on November 6. Alon…

Michael Chandler has countered Justin Gaethje’s guarantee that the former Bellator champion will shoot for an early takedown at UFC 268. The two former lightweight title challengers are set to collide on a stacked UFC 268 card on November 6. Alongside blockbuster championship rematches between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington, and Rose Namajunas and Zhang […]

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