Bellator Makes Smart Move, Signs Michael Chandler To Eight-Fight Deal

By Jeremy Green

Bellator has been one of the best promotions, save for the UFC, giving fighters the chance to make some great money and provide for their families. With the recent creation of Fight Master, a reality show that features coaches Greg Jackson, Joe Warren, Frank Shamrock and Randy Couture, it seems like they are clicking on all cylinders.

Now, they made a huge move, which will benefit them greatly down the road in re-signing Michael Chandler, Bellator’s lightweight champion. Chandler is arguably Bellator’s biggest draw, and is one of the best fighters under their roster. He is currently undefeated as a professional fighter, and is one of the best lightweights in the world right now. His standout fight in Bellator was against Eddie Alvarez, where he was able to deliver one of the biggest upsets in 2011. Also, this fight was named Fight-Of-The-Year, which is just a testament to the fan-friendly style that Chandler and Alvarez have.

His new contract includes eight fights, which is huge for his career. Up next for him is a championship bout with David Rickels, who has also been on an impressive winning streak as of late. This fight goes down at Bellator 97, which takes place July 31, 2013. If he can defeat Rickels, then he will be on an impressive 12-fight winning streak, which should make some waves in MMA‘s lightweight rankings.

Despite not being as big as UFC, Bellator has been able to grab some great prospects. It’s apparent that they see Chandler being a huge star for them, and his new contract is just a testament to that.

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