Only three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and Justin Gaethje being involved in a Fight of the Year contender.
‘The Highlight’ is truly making a habit of putting on some of the best scraps in MMA history and this year was no different.
Gaethje went to war with 3x Bellator champion Michael Chandler at UFC 268 in a fight our team almost all agreed it was the best 2021 had to offer.
Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler Is LowKickMMA’s Fight Of The Year
Ahead of UFC 268 on November 6, fight fans were eagerly anticipating Gaethje vs. Chandler with many labeling the lightweight match-up ‘The People’s Main Event’. Thankfully, the bout did not disappoint.
Chandler got after it in round one and was landing early and often on his opponent. As the first frame progressed Gaethje grew into the bout and was finding success. Both men threw bombs to the finish and the commentators called it one of the best rounds of 2021.
In the second round, Gaethje dropped Chandler with a massive uppercut. The fight looked to be over but the former Bellator champion was able to survive the following onslaught. The fight returned to the feet but Chandler looked beat up. Gaethje’s leg kicks started to pay dividends. Chandler landed a punch and Gaethje claimed an eye poke. The referee stepped in to call time on the fight but not before Chandler landed a big follow-up shot.
The carnage continued into round three with both men exchanging big shots. Chandler secured a big takedown but was immediately reversed once the fight hit the mat and the fight returned to the striking range. Another big flurry from Gaethje but Chandler’s chin holds up and we went to the scorecards which gave ‘The Highlight’ picked up a unanimous decision win.
Full List Of Fight Of The Year Votes
Jordan: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
Lewis: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
Michael G: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
Curtis: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
Ross: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
Ian: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
Michael C: Tae Kyun Kim vs. Nurzhan Akishev
Ryan: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
Keelin: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
Patrick: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
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