Justin Gaethje will finally return to MMA after more than a year at UFC 268 to take on lightweight contender Michael Chandler.
“The Highlight” has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2020, which led to the Russian’s retirement.
Justin Gaetje returns to the UFC Octagon to face Michael Chandler
Now second seed Gaethje will face fourth seed Chandler, who also lost in the championship fight.
Chandler’s last match was against current lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 in May.
With Dustin Poirier next in line to take on Oliveira for the title, there is every chance for the winner of this showdown to claim his title next year.
Gethji’s feud with Chandler has the potential to be tonight’s match at UFC 268’s stacked event and here’s everything you need to know about it…
Gaethje vs. Chandler: start date and time
The event is scheduled for Saturday 6 November It is held in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Qualifiers will start at 1AM on Sunday AM UK time with the main ticket starting at the usual 3AM.
A three-round fight between Gaethje and Chandler can be expected around 4am.
The main event is that Camaro Usman defends his welterweight title in a rematch with Colby Covington, the man he defeated in December 2019.
UFC 268 is a stacked card with two world title fights Gaethje vs. Chandler: TV and Live Streaming
The event will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and initial coverage will start at 1am.
It will be broadcast live on the BT Sport website and app for subscribers.
EE Mobile customers will be able to get a three-month free trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel the trial at any time.
The first qualifiers will be broadcast on UFC Fight Pass and in the US, all preliminary editions will be broadcast simultaneously on ABC and ESPN+.
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Main Event: Camaro Usman (c) vs. Colby Covington – Welterweight ChampionshipRose Namajunas (centre) vs Willy Zang – for the Women’s Butterfly Championship: Justin Gethje vs. Michael Chandler, Shaun Strickland vs. Luke Rockhold, Frankie Edgar vs. Marlon Vera
Alex Pereira – Andreas Michaelides, Iaquinta – Bobby Green, Shane Burgos – Billy Karantillo, Edmin Shahbazian – Nasordin Imavov CG. Vergara vs Audi Osborne
early preliminary map
Ian Garry – Jordan Williams – Jeanne Vaillant – Chris Barnett – Alexa Kamore – John Allan – Melsik Baghdasarian – TJ Laramie
Charles Oliveira Overcame Adversity to Eliminate Michael Chandler at UFC 262 Gaethje v Chandler: What Was Said?
Gethje told ESPN that he’d rather not fight Chandler in five rounds.
He said: (F**k that). Why do I have to sign up for two more rounds? I get the same fee. I get paid the same at the end of the day.
“If I ever had to suffer a critical or chronic (injury) or end up dying in that cage, it would be round four or five.
“So I will save them for tournament battles or main events. I’m cool.”
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