Why Dustin Poirier favors Justin Gaethje over Michael Chandler at UFC 268
Dustin Poirier thinks Michael Chandler could have a troublesome time coping with Justin Gaethje.
In a high-stakes light-weight matchup, Chandler (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) meets Gaethje (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC 268 on Nov. 6, when the previous title challengers will vie for one more crack on the title.
Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC), who’s anticipated to problem newly topped champion Charles Oliveira earlier than the top of the yr, has already locked horns with Gaethje earlier than in what was a gritty, back-and-forth combat.
So having already been in there with Gaethje, Poirier is aware of the type of combat “The Spotlight” brings and thinks he’ll be an excessive amount of for Chandler.
“I type of favor Gaethje in that matchup,” Poirier stated on American High Crew’s “Punchin’ In” podcast. “Chandler goes to have bother getting him down, holding him down and to keep away from these massive photographs.”
Though he was in a position to finally knock out Gaethje in Spherical 4, Poirier needed to battle by means of some adversity earlier than getting the end. Gaethje is understood for his brutal leg kicks and was in a position to inflict fairly a bit of injury on Poirier.
“Gaethje most likely, he partially tore my quad,” Poirier stated on the toughest leg kicker he’s confronted. “Within the combat, him not caring about place and throwing kicks as arduous as he can simply to land them, not worrying about repercussions – no setups.”