UFC: Ali Abdelaziz Believes Justin Gaethje Should Fight for Title Next

  • Justin Gaethje has not fought since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov last year.
  • UFC rumored to be negotiating fight between Gaethje and Michael Chandler.
  • American’s manager Ali Abdelaziz thinks his client deserves to fight for lightweight title before Dustin Poirier.

UFC lightweight and fan-favorite Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje has been relatively quiet since losing against former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov last October.

However, tipped to return to action soon, the UFC’s decision-makers are rumored to be trying to sort out a fight that would see Gaethje take on former title challenger ‘Iron’ Michael Chandler in what could be one of the best fights in recent history.

May 9, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Tony Ferguson (red gloves) during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Tony Ferguson (red gloves) during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The prospect of Gaethje taking on Chandler has been handed a boost after top contender Dustin Poirier recently overcome superstar Conor McGregor in the pair’s eagerly anticipated trilogy bout at UFC 264 last weekend.

Poirier is now expected to move on and face current champion Charles Oliviera for the chance to be crowned the division’s new champion.

However, speaking to MMA Junkie recently, Ali Abdelaziz, who represents Gaethje, believes it should be his man who is next in line for a shot at gold, not Poirier – despite ‘The Diamond’s’ recent victory over McGregor.

I believe Justin Gaethje should be fighting Charles Oliveira next.

That’s what I believe. Dustin maybe needs to take a break (and) let these two guys handle. I know the UFC wants to make Chandler. I think Mike Chandler doesn’t deserve nothing. He’s 1-1. He was knocked out in Bellator at 145. On paper it’s a great fight, but Mike Chandler doesn’t deserve anything. He needs to be quiet, sit down, and if Justin decides to fight him, he’ll let him know. But Mike Chandler doesn’t deserve anything.

Ali Abdelaziz on prospect of Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
Leah is a 28-year-old professional British sports journalist who specialises in reporting on top-flight European football and MMA. Leah works for a top-tier UK sports media company which is where she can be found providing exclusive content and interviews with some of sport's biggest names. In her spare time Leah enjoys playing poker and listening to American hip-hop!

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