Perhaps the biggest free agent in MMA, Chandler will remain with Bellator
Michael Chandler, former Bellator Lightweight champion and one of the best lightweights in the entire sport, has opted to sign a new multi-fight deal with Bellator. He’s opted to stay with promotion where he’s been dominant since 2010. He’s had all but three of his 22 professional fights with Bellator and is widely considered the best fighter on their roster.
Michael Chandler (18-4) lost his world title to Brent Primus because of an ankle injury but has not had a chance to compete for the belt again. He’s won two fights since losing his title and his next bout will almost certainly be for the world title. There was talk of him moving to the UFC to have the third fight with Eddie Alvarez, serving as a rubber-match. They’ve fought twice before, each man winning one.
Chandler beat Alvarez the first time via submission in the fourth round and dropped a razor-thin split decision in the rematch. Their first fight was part of the best night of fights I can remember. He fought Alvarez in a classic the same night Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua had their epic war.
Chandler remains one of the sport’s best Lightweights, and with all the fighters leaving the UFC for Bellator it might just be a matter of time before Alvarez/Chandler takes place in the Bellator cage.