Gaethje and Chandler’s instant classic

The secret sauce that makes the UFC what it is is something that Dana White and Co. hold tight. Amongst the numerous things the UFC president has actually achieved, he’s discovered a method to get his fighters to complete in the most fan-friendly design possible.

There was an old stating in boxing that some still live by: “Win today and look good tomorrow.”

White, however, belittles such a story and has actually discovered a method to get his fighters to lay it on the line generally.

He’s not informing for the exact same factors the one in charges of the Coca-Cola Business aren’t exposing the secret formula to the world’s most popular soda.

However 2021 was amazing throughout mixed martial arts, though 2 battles stand well above the others.

Both, coincidentally, include the exact same male, though in some methods and in some locations, UFC light-weight Michael Chandler need to be the Fighter of the Year.

Chandler, after all, is the person who provided us a set of impressive bouts for the light-weight title. In May at UFC 262, he battled Charles Oliveira for the uninhabited title. It was backward and forward for the whole battle. It was Chandler on the top, then Oliveira, then Chandler and after that Oliveira.

It was hectic, had a lot of near-finishes and had a significant ending.

Oliveira won and ended up being light-weight champ when he knocked out Chandler early in the 2nd round.

As excellent as that a person was, however, it was just Chandler’s second-best battle of the year. The winner of the 2021 Yahoo Sports Battle of the Year was Chandler’s bout at Madison Square Garden at UFC 268 with Justin Gaethje.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 06: (R-L) Justin Gaethje punches Michael Chandler in their lightweight fight during the UFC 268 event at Madison Square Garden on November 06, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje went toe-to-toe for 3 impressive rounds at UFC 268 in November. (Image by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Gaethje won a choice in an usually wild Gaethje battle. Chandler attempted to eliminate Gaethje’s mad, full-scale, very aggressive design and while he pulled it off very well, all he had for his efforts at the end of the day was another loss.

However it was a bout for the ages, one that ranks amongst the very best UFC battles ever and had as numerous momentum modifications and jaw-dropping minutes as you’re most likely to see in a month.

It’s one of those battles you’ll wish to supervise and over.

Mixed Martial Arts Battle of the Year respectable points out

• Alexander Volkanovski maintained the featherweight title with a unanimous choice over Brian Ortega at UFC 266, however it wasn’t simple. Ortega almost choked Volkanovski out. Ortega went the range regardless of damaged bones in his face. The action was top quality and hectic. Among the very best battles in a long time.

• Sean O’Malley beat Kris Moutinho with a unanimous choice at UFC 264. This is among those battles that brought you out of your seat, if just to attempt to look closer and see if Moutinho is in fact human. O’Malley struck him with whatever however a sledgehammer and Moutinho kept coming, resulting in a wild slugfest.

• Jiri Prochazka KO2 Dominick Reyes at UFC Battle Night on May 1: If you forget the wild ending, which came when Prochazka captured Reyes with a spinning back elbow, it was still a marvelous battle. Then you include that wild and violent knockout and, well, it’s one of the very best bouts of the year.

• Max Holloway won a unanimous decision over Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night on Nov. 13: This fight had everything, fighting on the ground and on the feet, kicks, punches, knees, elbows, submissions of all types. It was fast-paced and didn’t end. If you want to make your skeptical friend an MMA fan for life, show them this bout.

• Max Holloway won a unanimous decision over Calvin Kattar at UFC on ABC 1 on Jan. 16: Much like O’Malley versus Moutinho, one of the lasting memories of this bout is how Kattar took the shots that Holloway doled out. It was one of the first fights of the year and stood the test of time as one of the finest.

• Paul Daley KO2 Sabah Homasi at Bellator 257 on April 16, 2021: The bell rang and these two began trying, and nearly succeeding, to knock each other out. The KO finally came at 1:44 of the second round courtesy of a crushing left hook by Daley.

• Petr Yan UD Corey Sandhagen at UFC 267 on Oct. 30: Sandhagen fought a superb, high-energy battle, but Yan battled a better, even more high-energy battle. The action was limitless and different and had fans on their feet throughout.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.