Announcing that the Benson Henderson rematch will be the final stage in the BELLATOR MMA, former lightweight king Michael Chandler says he is aiming for bigger matches at the UFC or ONE Championship. Especially against such fierce rivals as Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier or even Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Despite a good brand awareness in the MMA world, BELLATOR has long been considered a “safe landing” for veterans from UFC or other tournaments. Even the BELLATOR champions when coming to UFC also had a turbulent career. For example, Will Brooks – the former king of the tournament received 3 consecutive defeats and was quickly fired by UFC after 4 matches. Eddie Alvarez, although he was crowned at UFC, could not hold out long after the series of failures in late 2017 – mid 2018.
Having lost to both Eddie Alvarez and Will Brooks, Chandler is no less than the two former rivals because of what he showed on the stage later. He continued to the upper stage, won the title and then lost the title, then continued to return to the throne and show his perseverance.
In the first 10 years of joining BELLATOR MMA, it can be said that Michael Chandler is the god and also the most diligent warrior of the tournament. The achievements he achieved are always associated with the word “most” and still waiting for people to overcome them.
The records of Michael Chandler set after 22 times in the ring at BELLATOR:
• The most successful lightweight squeezes (6 times)
• Most phases ended (12 times)
• Most times crowned (3 times)
• The most belt battles (10)
In addition, Chandler also ranked 2nd in the history of this MMA tournament with 17 wins and the number of victories with fastening. Owning a style that applies a lot of powerful Wrestling, ready to play fair play with the ability to stand pressure – what the audience can expect in Michael Chandler is not only an achievement but also what he can bring back on the ring.