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Bellator 212 Results: Michael Chandler Restores Order and Balance to the Universe

Last year, Bellator went to Madison Square Garden and Michael Chandler stubbed his toe and suddenly Brent Primus was the lightweight champ. It was a weird turn of events that left the universe unbalanced. Why? Because Primus is nowhere near the organization’s best 155-pound fighter, and if not for the freak injury Chandler suffered, we probably would’ve never seen Primus on a main card again.

And in fact, we didn’t until Bellator 212 last night, because Primus was never able to defend his damn belt for whatever reason.

But whatever, things are good now. Everyone has always known Chandler is the best, and he finally got Primus in the cage for a rematch, and after five rounds of scrapping, guess who’s restored order and balance to the universe.

Bellator Hawaii Double-Header Primer: Chandler, Machida, Mir, King Mo – Oh My!

I have no idea why Bellator keeps doing this, but there are yet again two Bellator events this weekend. Bellator 212 and Bellator 213 are Friday night and Saturday night, respectively, and the cards… actually have some compelling fights on them (or at least, some compelling names).

The main event on Friday night is the long-awaited rematch between the man who should be king, Michael Chandler, against the man who has the crown via a strange confluence of circumstances, Brent Primus. You see, back in 2017, Bellator was doing their thing at Madison Square Garden, and their best lightweight (Chandler) was fighting someone far from the best (Primus).

But! Chandler slipped on a banana peel (or something) and injured his leg, and boom! That was it. Primus was suddenly the Bellator lightweight champ.

Sadly, for whatever reason, Primus hasn’t defended his belt against anymore, and it’s taken forever for this rematch to happen and for the universe to reset itself.

Oh, and Frank Mir is also fighting on the Bellator 212 card.

As for Saturday night’s extravaganza, we’ve got promotional newcomer and perpetual karate man Lyoto Machida on tap, as well as King Mo, Ed Ruth, and anyone else who wanted a free trip to Hawaii.

So yeah. Good times, good times.

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Bellator Hawaii Double-Header Primer: Chandler, Machida, Mir, King Mo – Oh My!

I have no idea why Bellator keeps doing this, but there are yet again two Bellator events this weekend. Bellator 212 and Bellator 213 are Friday night and Saturday night, respectively, and the cards… actually have some compelling fights on them (or at least, some compelling names).

The main event on Friday night is the long-awaited rematch between the man who should be king, Michael Chandler, against the man who has the crown via a strange confluence of circumstances, Brent Primus. You see, back in 2017, Bellator was doing their thing at Madison Square Garden, and their best lightweight (Chandler) was fighting someone far from the best (Primus).

But! Chandler slipped on a banana peel (or something) and injured his leg, and boom! That was it. Primus was suddenly the Bellator lightweight champ.

Sadly, for whatever reason, Primus hasn’t defended his belt against anymore, and it’s taken forever for this rematch to happen and for the universe to reset itself.

Oh, and Frank Mir is also fighting on the Bellator 212 card.

As for Saturday night’s extravaganza, we’ve got promotional newcomer and perpetual karate man Lyoto Machida on tap, as well as King Mo, Ed Ruth, and anyone else who wanted a free trip to Hawaii.

So yeah. Good times, good times.

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Brent Primus-Michael Chandler Title Rematch Set for Bellator Event on Dec. 14

Apparently Michael Chandler signed the contract.
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Brent Primus-Michael Chandler Title Rematch Set for Bellator Event on Dec. 14

Apparently Michael Chandler signed the contract.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Brent Primus-Michael Chandler Title Rematch Set for Bellator Event on Dec. 14

Apparently Michael Chandler signed the contract.
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Michael Chandler Thinks He Would Beat Khabib Nurmagomedov

Homegrown Bellator star Michael Chandler says his contract is up soon, but he wants to stick with Bellator. However, in a world full of speculation, what’s a little more?

Right now, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the UFC’s top dog at lightweight. Chandler thinks he can beat him. Like, ten times out of ten.

Obviously, unless something drastic happens, we’ll never see this match-up. The UFC likes their Khabib, Bellator likes their Mike Chandler, and never the twain shall meet.

But what if…?

Here’s MMAJunkie:

“That’s the thing: From the outside perspective, people always think, ‘Bellator, UFC, ONE FC, blah blah blah,’” Chandler said. “I don’t think about promotions, I think about the guys. How do I match up against Khabib? How do I take exactly what Al Iaquinta did, except with my wrestling, and my striking, and my wrestling offense and defense.

“How I would nullify his takedowns, how I would even take him down, how I would get in his face, and how he would finally have somebody put hands on him and hurt him like Michael Johnson did? I think that picture has been painted a couple of times, of how to beat Khabib. And I think I beat him 10 times out of 10.”

Even though he lost the belt, it’s hard not to think of Chandler as Bellator’s best lightweight. So… do you think he can beat Khabib?

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Bellator 197 Results: Michael Chandler Is Bellator’s Last Action Hero

Other than a lot of recycled fighters, Bellator has few homegrown stars. In fact, they really only have one, and his name is Michael Chandler.

A fluke injury saw him lose the lightweight belt last year to Brent Primus last year, but while Primus has been languishing in injury limbo since then, Chandler has been busy kicking dudes’ asses. Like on Friday, at Bellator 197.

Chandler took out Brandon Girtz in under a round, totally smoking him on the ground like he was a toppled hookah pipe. The former – and likely future – champ stuck around when others were jumping ship to the UFC, and he now bleeds Bellator-colored blood (whatever that means).

Elsewhere on the Bellator 197 card, AJ McKee dominated Justin Lawrence for three rounds, and Kimbo Slice’s kid, “Baby Slice”, at Devon Brock for dinner.

Baby Slice Bellator 197

But at the end of the night it was all about Chandler, Bellator’s last action hero.

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Bellator 197 Results: Michael Chandler Is Bellator’s Last Action Hero

Other than a lot of recycled fighters, Bellator has few homegrown stars. In fact, they really only have one, and his name is Michael Chandler.

A fluke injury saw him lose the lightweight belt last year to Brent Primus last year, but while Primus has been languishing in injury limbo since then, Chandler has been busy kicking dudes’ asses. Like on Friday, at Bellator 197.

Chandler took out Brandon Girtz in under a round, totally smoking him on the ground like he was a toppled hookah pipe. The former – and likely future – champ stuck around when others were jumping ship to the UFC, and he now bleeds Bellator-colored blood (whatever that means).

Elsewhere on the Bellator 197 card, AJ McKee dominated Justin Lawrence for three rounds, and Kimbo Slice’s kid, “Baby Slice”, at Devon Brock for dinner.

Baby Slice Bellator 197

But at the end of the night it was all about Chandler, Bellator’s last action hero.

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Bellator 197 Results: Michael Chandler Is Bellator’s Last Action Hero

Other than a lot of recycled fighters, Bellator has few homegrown stars. In fact, they really only have one, and his name is Michael Chandler.

A fluke injury saw him lose the lightweight belt last year to Brent Primus last year, but while Primus has been languishing in injury limbo since then, Chandler has been busy kicking dudes’ asses. Like on Friday, at Bellator 197.

Chandler took out Brandon Girtz in under a round, totally smoking him on the ground like he was a toppled hookah pipe. The former – and likely future – champ stuck around when others were jumping ship to the UFC, and he now bleeds Bellator-colored blood (whatever that means).

Elsewhere on the Bellator 197 card, AJ McKee dominated Justin Lawrence for three rounds, and Kimbo Slice’s kid, “Baby Slice”, at Devon Brock for dinner.

Baby Slice Bellator 197

But at the end of the night it was all about Chandler, Bellator’s last action hero.

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