Former lightweight champion Michael Chandler has agreed to a new fight contract with Bellator, the promotion announced recently.
Chandler signed an exclusive multi-year, multi-fight extension to continue fighting in the lightweight division.
“Michael Chandler is synonymous with our brand and doubles as an incredibly talented and exciting mixed martial artist,” said Bellator president Scott Coker. “Not every fighter or free agent aligns with our future plans, but when looking at Chandler’s resume, inking him to a long-term extension was a no-brainer. I look forward to getting him back in action as soon as possible.”
Chandler (14-3) has won two in a row since a pair of 2014 losses to current champion Will Brooks via TKO and split decision. Last year, he scored finishes vs. David Rickels and Derek Campos.
“I’m ecstatic to continue my career with Scott Coker and Bellator MMA, It’s obvious that good things are continuing to happen for this promotion and it’s correlating to big opportunities for myself as well,” Chandler said. “I can’t wait to get back in action and test myself against some of these new guys coming in and move back up through the ranks. As always, my eyes are on that belt, and it will be back around my waist soon.”
Since joining the promotion in 2010, Chandler has fought 14 times, earning wins over Eddie Alvarez, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, Marcin Held and Rick Hawn.