Justin Gaethje Says Dana White’s to Blame For Unclear, Lightweight Title Picture
By FCF Staff
As it stands right now, it’s not clear who will battle for the UFC’s lightweight title next, and Justin Gaethje says Dana White’s to blame.
Following UFC 257, which saw Dustin Poirier take out Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler finish Dan Hooker, White said Poirier – Chandler could be for the lightweight title. The expectation is that the UFC is going to finally going to take the championship from the now retired, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But, after UFC 257, Poirier said he will not fight Chandler next. The former interim champ believes other fighters, like Charles Oliveira, are more deserving.
Recently Gaethje spoke with MMA Junkie. While discussing the uncertainty that exists right now regarding the lightweight title, Gaethje pointed to the UFC’s decision to have Chandler as an alternate, for his October 24th bout with Nurmagomedov.
“The reason why this is happening with Poirier is because Dana White used, he tried to, he did, he (explicit) Tony (Ferguson) and Dustin,” Gaethje said. “He said (explicit) you guys, I’m going to take Chandler, and he’s going to be the backup for this title fight. 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.
“He didn’t just (explicit) Dustin Poirier, He didn’t just (explicit) on Tony Ferguson. He (explicit) on every single (explicit) fighter that wants to do it right and wants integrity to the sport, and that’s why Dustin Poirier is talking like he is.”
Gaethje went on to say that he’s happy with his current UFC contract and that he doesn’t want to fight for another promotion.