Despite the fact that three of his opponent’s last four fights took place up at welterweight, Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler looks certain to have a weight advantage when he steps into the cage at Bellator 165 tonight.
Chandler, who scooped the title with a brutal knockout win over Patricky Freire in June, posted a video to Instagram earlier which shows that he gained some 25lbs in the ten-hour period after he stepped down from the official scales.
Putting back on 25 pounds in 10 hours. Greatness in this game is reserved for those who have the discipline to stick to a plan and delay gratification. #discipline #hardwork #biglightweight #bellator #mma #boxing #wrestling #kickboxing #grappling #ufc #bjj #jiujitsu #weighloss #weightcut #weightcutting #ironmichael #bellator165
Could we get a weight check on that phone, please?
Chandler makes the first defence of his second reign as the promotion’s 155-pound ruler against Benson Henderson at the SAP Center in San Jose California.
Henderson, a former WEC and UFC lightweight champion, scored a win over Patricio Freire at 155lbs last time out, but that marked his return to the division after a three-fight run at 17olbs. The first two fights of that stint occurred in the UFC, where the man they call ‘Smooth’, and sometimes ‘Bendo’, scored wins over Brandon Thatch and Jorge Masvidal. However, those fights brought an end to Henderson’s contractual obligation to the UFC and he subsequently signed with Bellator MMA, where he was granted an immediate shot at the welterweight title then held by Andrey Koreshkov.
The 33-year-old veteran proved no match for the rampaging Russian, though, as he lost all five rounds on each of the three judge’s scorecards.
Chandler first won the Bellator lightweight belt back in November 2011, famously submitting Eddie Alvarez in the fourth round of an all out war at Bellator 58. He would make two successful defences before dropping the belt back to Alvarez via split decision after yet another torrid tear-up. Two more losses followed, both to Will Brooks.
However, ‘Iron’ Mike got back to winning ways in June of last year, submitting Derek Campos in the first round, and two wins later he is back at the summit of Bellator’s 155-pound division.
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