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It's all good if Michael Chandler gets an immediate UFC title shot | Opinion

1 month ago   |   By MMAjunkie

As Michael Chandler gets set for what potentially could be a life-altering opportunity with the UFC, it's worth taking a minute to remember he was half of the tandem who helped legitimize Bellator in the mixed martial arts world.
The promotion debuted in 2009, right around the time the bubble from the UFC-driven boom years was bursting. The IFL and Elite XC burned through millions of dollars and went out of business. As did Affliction, except it burned more money faster. The UFC had snapped up the WEC and the remnants of PRIDE and the WFA. Strikeforce had a few more memorable years to go...
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Kevin Lee: Michael Chandler's potential UFC 254 title fight a way for UFC to 's-t on Bellator'

Kevin Lee: Michael Chandler's potential UFC 254 title fight a way for UFC to 's-t on Bellator'

1 month ago   |   By MMAjunkie

Kevin Lee thinks the UFC is being strategic by placing the newly signed Michael Chandler as a backup for the UFC 254 main event.
After testing free agency, Chandler , a former three-time Bellator lightweight champion, opted to sign with the UFC.
Dana White made the announcement Thursday on “SportsCenter” that not only has Chandler signed with the UFC, but he will serve as a backup and potential replacement for the UFC 254 main event between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champ Justin Gaethje on Oct. 24.
The initial backup plan was a matchup between former UFC interim...
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