A Detailed Look Into Michael Chandler and His Ethnicity

Published 05/14/2021, 6:00 AM EDT


Michael Chandler could not have asked for a better start to his UFC career. In just his second fight under the promotion, he will compete for the lightweight belt at UFC 262. Chandler’s attitude since joining the UFC has been phenomenal. He has said yes to everything thrown his way, which is why he finds himself fighting for the UFC title. 

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Chandler, who has previously held and defended the Bellator belt, is no stranger to the big stage. However, he has admitted that being a champion in the UFC is an achievement that can not be topped. Ahead of arguably the biggest fight of his career to date, we take a look at Chandler’s origin and ethnicity. 

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Michael Chandler is the definition of the ‘American Dream’ 

Chandler was born and raised in High Ridge, Missouri, to Michael Sr and Betty Chandler. He was one of four children that the couple had. Chandler’s athletic prowess was apparent very early on. While in school, Chandler took part in both football and wrestling. He finished runner-up at the MSHSAA state championships in his senior year of high school.  

Chandler enrolled at the University of Missouri and worked his way to his achievements. At Missouri, he was teammates with the likes of Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren on the wrestling team. During his stint with Missouri wrestling, he was a four-time NCAA division one qualifier.

During his four years in college, he compiled an impressive record of 100-30. Furthermore, he registered an impressive 31-15 record against Big 12 opposition. ‘Iron’ graduated with a degree in personal finance management services. 

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Iron’ admits that he went into MMA wanting to follow the footsteps of his ‘big brothers’ Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren, who were already successful MMA athletes at the time. After two fights in Strikeforce, Chandler signed with Bellator and was a part of the promotion for a decade. During his stint with Bellator, Chandler, who won and defended his belt multiple times, was the poster boy for the promotion. 

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Chandler, who has quickly become a fan favorite in the UFC, will hope to add his name to a tiny list of fighters to have won belts in two major promotions. 

What have you made of Michael Chandler’s UFC career? Will he become the champion this weekend at UFC 262? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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