Former Bellator lightweight winner Michael Chandler has officially signed with the UFC, and has presently been tapped as an understudy for the UFC 254 major occasion.
UFC 254 will be headlined by a lightweight title fight among undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim winner Justin Gaethje. Must either guy fall short to make it into the cage, Chandler will be identified as upon to switch them.
UFC President Dana White declared this exciting information on SportsCenter on Thursday
UFC signals Michael Chandler, for each Dana White on @SportsCenter. He will be the backup for Khabib vs. Gaethje in October. Large information. And content for Chandler. He was constantly grateful and satisfied at Bellator, but he’s wanted to encounter UFC lightweights for a prolonged time.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 17, 2020
Dana White just introduced on SportsCenter the UFC has signed Michael Chandler to provide as a backup for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje at #UFC254
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) September 17, 2020
Michael Chandler became a cost-free agent immediately after scoring a initial-round knockout victory over former UFC light-weight champion Benson Henderson at Bellator 243 this summer season. Though he expressed fascination in signing with both of those the PFL and Just one Championship, it was apparent that he was also really fired up about a likely move to the UFC.
White was likewise fascinated in bringing the former Bellator winner into the fold.
I didn’t know this, but they informed me that he mentioned he desired to meet,” White mentioned at the UFC 252 article-fight press meeting. “And I mentioned I’d love to meet with him. That man has acquired it and, yeah, would like to talk to him.”
More than the system of his extraordinary MMA occupation, Chandler has picked up wins over the likes of Henderson (two times), Brent Primus, Brandon Girtz, Goiti Yamauchi, Patricky Freire (two times), David Rickels (2 times), Derek Campos, Akihiro Gono, Eddie Alvarez, and Marcin Held.
How do you consider Michael Chandler will conduct in the UFC?