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5-0 Michael Chandler added to Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament

PRESS RELEASE / CHICAGO, Ill. (February 7, 2011) – Bellator Fighting Championships today confirmed the addition of undefeated Bellator veteran Michael Chandler to its upcoming Season 4 Lightweight Tournament, airing LIVE on MTV2 starting March 5th. With a pair of impressive wins under the Bellator banner in 2010, Chandler’s opponents have never made past the second round, as the Missouri native is a perfect 5-0 in his professional career with all of his victories coming by way of TKO or submission.

“Mike was very impressive at Bellator 31 and Bellator 32, finishing both opponents in the first round. He’s got extreme strength and power for a Lightweight and I’m excited to see how far he can go in this tournament LIVE on MTV2,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.

Training alongside UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard and Bellator welterweight Jay Hieron at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, the former Division I All American is ready to break the mold of many wrestlers who have transitioned to MMA.

“I never want to be known as the typical “lay and pray” wrestler,” said Chandler. “I want to break away from the traditional wrestling mold that a lot of guys have. People say that all wrestlers just want to take their opponents down and lay on them for three rounds, but I want to go out there and finish them. I don’t want to just go out there and win, I want to go out there and dominate.”

Undefeated at 5-0, Chandler has been completely dominant up to this point in his career, and will look to continue his impressive run when the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament kicks off in March. Not only is a huge $100,000 payday on the line for the fast-rising 24-year-old lightweight, but the chance to face current Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has been Chandler’s goal since the day he signed with Bellator.

“I’ve had my eyes set on capturing that Bellator World Lightweight Championship since the moment I signed with Bellator,” Chandler said. “It’s not to take away from anybody or that I just think I’m going to smash all of these guys on my way to [Eddie] Alvarez, it’s just that I’m really excited about the journey I’m about to go through. I’m excited about the next three months of training, and I’m excited about being able to go out there and dominate fight after fight. This is the opportunity of a lifetime in a young fighter’s career.”

Chandler joins Carey Vanier and “Razor” Rob McCullough as the other confirmed participants in the Lightweight Tournament scheduled to air LIVE on MTV2.


  • Rece Rock says:

    “I never want to be known as the typical “lay and pray” wrestler,” said Chandler

    good stuff.

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  • cutman says:

    I don’t mean any disrespect to the other 155ers,but watch out for this GUY…MONSTER. I would love to see how he does when he is compromised before sayin to much ,but he is for real boys…….

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  • Guthookd says:

    This dude is exactly the reason I wish they would have made all the undercards available on the website. He had two fights with BFC last year, I watched every BFC event, yet I don’t know a thing about him.

    Well, never too late for an introduction I guess.

    We’ll take him.

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  • Guthookd says:

    BTW, they got the March 5th card all lined up and it’s all the fights for the first round of the WW tourney. This is going to be an awesome year.

    3-5-2011 Card @ Tachi Palace (BFC)
    Lyman Good (10-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) vs. Chris Lozano (6-0 MMA, 1-0 BFC)
    Dan Hornbuckle (22-3 MMA, 3-1 BFC) vs. Brent Weedman (17-5-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC)
    Jay Hieron (19-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Steve Carl (11-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC)
    “Judo” Jim Wallhead (20-5 MMA, 1-0 BFC) vs. Rick Hawn (9-0 MMA, 1-0 BFC).

    Funny that “Judo” Jim is fighting Rick Hawn because Hawn is the Olympic Judoka. Maybe we’ll see some big throws.

    I’m still picking Dan to win this bitch. Weedman is tough, but I think Dan has this first round in the bag.

    Everyone else seems to be picking Jay, but he’s got a big test in the form of Steve Carl for this first round….Carl isn’t well known but if you saw his fights for BFC last year you know he’s a good wrestler and he is an absolute animal in the cage. Hieron will have to finish him because Steve will never quit….broken bones, torn ACLs, nothing is going to stop this fucker unless Jay can unplug his battery.

    Can’t wait for March 5th. BFC!! I don’t think they’ll be #2 anytime soon like I’ve heard some say, but in my book they’re a close 3rd and on TV for free (with your monster cable bill of course).

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  • Rece Rock says:

    “Can’t wait for March 5th. BFC!! I don’t think they’ll be #2 anytime soon like I’ve heard some say, but in my book they’re a close 3rd”

    Are you looking at me whe nyou say that GutHookd? :)

    If you notice I haven’t said that recently because SF has been making great moves lately and are securing a foot hold in there segment of the market. Sooo I agree with your sentiments (for now), With that said I can’t wait for the season to start either… MMA MARCH MADDNESS!

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