Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler came face-to-face for the first time ahead of their anticipated UFC 268 bout following Thursday’s press conference.

The matchup of lightweight contenders between Gaethje (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), a former interim UFC champion and WSOF titleholder, and Chandler (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC), a former three-time Bellator champ, will open Saturday’s pay-per-view main card at Madison Square Garden in New York. Prelims air on ESPNNews and ESPN+.

It’s one of the most anticipated bouts on the loaded lineup, and the intensity was palpable during the first staredown between the pair.

Check out the video above to watch Gaethje and Chandler face off, and an alternate angle below.

Buckle up! Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler is going to be INSANE. #UFC268 pic.twitter.com/tY0YVnxebb

— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) November 4, 2021

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