UFC star Justin Gaethje slams Dana White for poor handling of lightweight division by backing Michael Chandler over Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson
- Justin Gaethje feels Dana White has shafted stars in the lightweight division
- Gaethje says he doesn’t blame the elite stars for not fighting Michael Chandler
- Khabib Nurmagomedov has not be stripped of the title despite retiring
- Dustin Poirier remains in no mans lands after defeating Conor McGregor
Justin Gaethje has openly criticised Dana White and the UFC lightweight division by outlining why he believes the sport has unfairly treated its stars following the retirement of the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Gaethje let his opinion be known this week that White has badly handled the affairs of the lightweight stars, stemming from the UFC’s refusal so far to strip Khabib of the title despite his stepping down in October.
No. 1 contender Dustin Poirier has expressed discontent following his show-stopping victory over Conor McGregor, and is refusing to fight former Bellator champion Michael Chandler.
Justin Gaethje has criticised Dana White and his handling of the UFC lightweight division
Now, Gaethje feels the whole process has been handled poorly since he challenged and lost to Khabib in October, in what was the final fight of the Dagestan star.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Gaethje said: ‘The reason why this is happening with Poirier is because Dana White used, he tried to, he did, he f***** Tony (Ferguson) and Dustin.
‘He said “f*** you guys, I’m going to take Chandler, and he’s going to be the backup for this title fight.”
Gaethje feels the problems started following his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October
‘That all happened four months ago. We are humans, we have principles, we have morals, and that’s what that is.
‘That’s why Dustin Poirier is saying (he won’t fight Chandler). Well, I would assume. I don’t talk to the guy.’
Gaethje comments arrive after Chandler himself recently revealed he accepted a short-notice fight at UFC 258, only to have his mystery opponent pull out.
The former Bellator champion, who made a scintillating debut in the UFC 257 co-main event by knocking out Dan Hooker, accepted his next challenge during a steak dinner.
He told Ariel Helwani on ESPN: ‘I said yes to an opportunity. They said, “Would you be willing to fight in the next couple of weeks?” There’s a big pay-per-view coming up, I said yes to it.
Michael Chandler said he accepted a fight at UFC 258 on short notice but it will not go ahead
Chandler demolished Dan Hooker on a remarkable debut at UFC 257 last month
‘I didn’t have any names being thrown around necessarily but I knew by process of elimination that it would be somebody ranked ahead of me.
‘It’s now not happening. I had a 24oz bone-in rib-eye steak, sitting in front of me at Kanye Prime Steakhouse, my favourite place to eat on Earth.
‘I stopped eating it then and there, I was then on a plane to Florida, landed in Florida 48 hours later because I said yes to the opportunity. I was going to train there for the next eight days and then hop on a flight to Las Vegas.’
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