Michael Chandler has become one of Bellator’s biggest names in his time at the promotion. Chandler brought eyes to their events with his lightweight bouts, particularly in his tenure as champion.
‘Iron’ Mike’s legendary battles battles with former UFC champion, Eddie Alvarez showed that one of the best lightweights globally is at Bellator.
However, speculation of a move to the UFC naturally began when his contract with Bellator came up. Chandler did flirt with the idea of jumping ship but it seems he has elected to stay put.
ESPN are reporting that the emeritus lightweight champion has signed a contract extension. The news came per the Bellator president himself, Scott Coker. Chandler’s new contract is a multi-fight deal.
Bellator and its stars are gaining ground in 2018. The promotion has a blockbuster card in September, which will broadcast on Eddie Hearn’s DAZN streaming service. The event features some thrilling contests including the kick off of the welterweight GP and a champion versus champion superfight.
Bellator is growing as a promotion and we could see it become a household name on the same level as the UFC. This was a wise decision by Chandler.