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Michael Chandler signs with UFC, will serve as Khabib vs. Gaethje backup at UFC 254

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Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler has signed with the UFC, and while he doesn’t have a fight yet, his first could be epic.

UFC president Dana White on Thursday said on “SportsCenter” on UFC broadcast partner ESPN that Chandler (21-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now in the UFC and that he will serve as a backup and potential replacement for the UFC 254 main event between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) and interim champ Justin Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

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Iron Mike is an awesome fighter with an amazing story and a fan friendly fighting style; the dude trains with a big team, and put on some of the best Bellator fights in the history of the company.

Bellator occupies a unique place in the sport and while I believe Chandler should have been brought over a couple of years ago I cant help but be excited as he still has a couple of good years left.

LW has never looked better!

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Glad they signed him, he's a beast too.

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Posted by jae_1833

Iron Mike is an awesome fighter with an amazing story and a fan friendly fighting style; the dude trains with a big team, and put on some of the best Bellator fights in the history of the company.

Bellator occupies a unique place in the sport and while I believe Chandler should have been brought over a couple of years ago I cant help but be excited as he still has a couple of good years left.

LW has never looked better!




I couldn't agree more Jae!

As a long time Michael Chandler fan myself, the guy is hitting on all cylinders right now. In his last six fights, he's had the loan setback against Pitbull. He's 34 years old right now, and if you look at other guys such as Frankie Edgar you see what they did when they were his age 34 that could be considered his prime of his fighting career.

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