After an incredible exciting title-win over Eddie Alvarez this past November it looks like Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler will face another more-experienced veteran with time in Japan albeit not one many fans would have expected for the unbeaten grappler’s follow-up fight.
According to a press release from Bellator, Chandler will collide with Akihiro Gono on May 4 in Canada at Bellator 67.
Gono, who holds an overall record of 32-17, has not fought in America for more than three years after a 1-2 run in the UFC. Known for his colorful entrances and willingness to face all-comers, the 37-year old is coming off back-to-back decision defeats with the latter coming after a sixteen-month break from competition. Though his recent outings leave a lot to be desired Gono does hold past victories over some of MMA’s elite including Hector Lombard and Gegard Mousasi.
“I’m just excited to get back into the cage,” Chandler said of the match-up. “I fought four times in 2011 and I’m ready to get back to work. Gono has beaten some of the best fighters in the sport and this should be a good test for me.”
Bellator 67 will take place at the Rama Casino in Ontario. The card will also feature a bout between former MFC welterweight Ryan Ford and Luis Santos.
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