According to MMA super-manager Ali Abdelaziz, former UFC interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje is interested in fighting promotional newcomer Michael Chandler — Fightful has you covered on Abdelaziz's comments about the potential bout and much more of the best of social media from around the world of MMA.
Ali Abdelaziz Says Justin Gaethje Is "Open" To Michael Chandler Bout
If you ask his manager Ali Abdelaziz, former interim UFC lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje is "open" to a potential bout against the promotion's newest toy, Michael Chandler.
The latter is coming off of his unbelievable UFC debut in the form of a first-round knockout of Dan Hooker at UFC 257.
Garthje's manager, Abdelaziz spoke to ESPN's Brett Okamoto on the potential pairing:
Asked Justin Gaethje’s (@Justin_Gaethje) manager Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) what the chances are Michael Chandler is his next fight.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 2, 2021
“We’re open to it. Justin has fought a lot of guys tougher than Michael Chandler. But he needs to stop trying so hard in the media.”
Ali Abdelaziz Deletes Tweet Confirming Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St. Pierre Bout
A super-fight between undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and legendary former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St. Pierre has been on the table for years...and Khabib's manager, Ali Abdelaziz just added fuel to the fire.
The outspoken MMA manager seemingly deleted a tweet after he said the rumors of a deal between the pair was close before quickly denying having any knowledge of the tweet:
Darren Till Refutes Uriah Hall's Dismisal Of Israel Adesanya
Former UFC middleweight title challenger Darren still continues his stay at the top of MMA social media.
This time the brash-Englishman is coming to the defense of UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya after current UFC middleweight Uriah Hall bashed the undefeated UFC champion saying he doesn't face the toughest opponents available and "picks" his fights:
As much as I think Uriah hall is a tough fight for Adelasagne in fact for anyone in the division.— karen Till (@darrentill2) February 1, 2021
Adelasagne ain’t picking his opponents.
He’s fought all killers.
Just my opinion.
Dustin Poirier To Appear On "Hot Ones"
The Dustin Poirier hype train just keeps on trucking along...and rightfully so.
The Louisiana-native who's fresh off his knockout of Conor McGregor during the main event of UFC 257, Poirier is set to appear on the latest episode of "Hot Ones" on Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT.
I'm sure Poirier owning a line of hot sauce doesn't hurt his case to appear on the show.
Stamp Fairtex Posts Hilarious Promo For Upcoming Fight
ONE Championship women's atomweight Kickboxing & Muay Thai champion Stamp Fairtex posted a hilarious side-by-side of her and former ONE Championship flyweight Kickboxing champion Petchdam Petchyindee dancing while the promotion promoted her fight in the post.
Ben Askren Buys Special Gear For Jake Paul Bout
Former ONE Championship welterweight champion and newly-retired UFC welterweight contender Ben Askren took to Twitter to show off a surprise he received while picking up his special gear for his upcoming boxing match against YouTube sensation Jake Paul on April 17.
Michael Chandler Thinks Ric Flair Will Walk Him Out To Next Fight
WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair may be at the next UFC pay-per-view event that Michael Chandler is apart of, if you ask "Iron" Mike.
Following his UFC debut, which resulted in a first-round knockout of Dan Hooker, Michael Chandler cut a Ric Flair-esque promo on the mic in middle of the octagon...which may lead to the "Nature Boy" walking Chandler out to the cage next time he makes the walk.
Chandler dove into the possibility when speaking with ESPN's Ariel Helwani:
------ https://t.co/xTorX6hPF0— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 1, 2021
Jorge Masvidal Wants Rematch With Kamaru Usman
The main event of UFC 251 between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and BMF champion Jorge Masvidal may not be the final time the pair stand across from each other in the octagon.
Usman recently said that he wants another bout with Masvidal, even though he thoroughly won the first fight via a lopsided unanimous decision because he [Usman] went into the first fight with broken nose.
"Gambred", in vintage "Gamebred" fashion threatened to break Usman's nose should they ever lock horns again:
Showed up with a nose. Left with a broken nose. I get at least 3 weeks I take his head and the belt https://t.co/lNJZqmFTkx— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) February 2, 2021
Brendan Schaub Thinks Canelo Alvarez's Biggest Challenge Would Be Against Canelo Alvarez
No...this headline is not a typo.
It's Brendan Schaub being Brendan Schaub.
When speaking about the upcoming Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders bout, the former UFC heavyweight contender said that if Canelo were to face the biggest possible threat to his throne...he should face Canelo Alvarez.
Khamzat Chimaev Destroys Heavy Bag In Training
Surging UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev is again viral for all of the right reasons.
Ahead of his UFC Vegas 21 main event against third-ranked welterweight contender Leon Edwards, Chimaev was back "in the lab" preparing for his March 13 opponent and absolutely destroyed a heavy bag in the process: