Sources: Gaethje-Chandler added to UFC 268

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The UFC is including a light-weight matchup between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler to its pay-per-view occasion in November, a number of sources instructed ESPN on Friday.

Contracts haven’t been signed, however each events have agreed to the 155-pound contest. The promotion has not formally introduced a date or location for UFC 268, however the goal is Nov. 6 inside Madison Sq. Backyard.

Gaethje (22-3) has not fought since a second-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a UFC championship struggle final October. Nurmagomedov introduced his retirement instantly after that struggle, and Brazilian light-weight Charles Oliveira has since claimed the vacant title.

It was truly Chandler (22-6) who Oliveira went by means of to win the title. A former Bellator MMA champion, Chandler harm Oliveira within the first spherical of their title struggle in Might earlier than struggling a knockout loss within the opening minute of the second spherical. The loss dropped Chandler’s UFC report to 1-1.

The UFC has been enthusiastic about pairing Gaethje and Chandler collectively ever since Chandler signed with the group final September. The 2 have extraordinarily fan-friendly types. Gaethje has gained 9 post-fight bonuses in simply eight appearances within the UFC. Chandler has recorded finishes in 17 of his 22 skilled wins.

A welterweight title struggle between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington is about to headline the UFC 268 occasion.

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