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Who won Gaethje vs Chandler?
Justin Gaethje beat Michael Chandler by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of UFC 268, on Saturday 6th November 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The scorecards were announced as 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 in favor of winner Justin Gaethje.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Gaethje vs Chandler stats
Justin Gaethje stepped into the ring with a record of 22 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 19 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Michael Chandler made his way to the ring with a record of 22 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 10 of those wins by knock out and 7 by submission.
The stats suggested Gaethje had a massive power advantage over Chandler, boasting at 86% knock out percentage over Chandler's 45%.
Justin Gaethje was the younger man by 3 years, at 33 years old.
Gaethje had a height advantage of 3 inches over Chandler. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Gaethje was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 3 less fights, and made his debut in 2011, 2 year later than Chandler, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 9 less professional rounds, 56 to Chandler's 65.
Gaethje vs Chandler form
Justin Gaethje had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 on 24th October 2020 by in the 2nd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had beat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on 9th May 2020 by knockout in the 5th round at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Going into that contest, he had won against Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on 14th September 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada.
Before that, he had beat Edson Barboza at UFC on ESPN 2 on 30th March 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, United States.
He had defeated James Vick at UFC Fight Night 135 on 25th August 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln.
Michael Chandler had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 on 15th May 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at Toyota Center, Houston, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Dan Hooker at UFC 257 on 23rd January 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Benson Henderson at Bellator 243 on 7th August 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Before that, he had beat Sidney Outlaw at Bellator 237 on 28th December 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
He had been beaten by Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 221 on 11th May 2019 by knockout in the 1st round in their Bellator Lightweight championship fight at Allstate Arena, Rosemont, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Michael Chandler had been fighting more than Justin Gaethje.
Going to this contest, Justin Gaethje had last fought 1 year, 7 months and 27 days ago, while Michael Chandler's last outing had been 1 year, 1 month and 5 days ago.
Gaethje's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
Chandler's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.2 rounds on average.