Michael Chandler is considered one of the best MMA athletes in the lightweight division. Now, 'Iron' is scheduled for the vacant UFC lightweight title clash against Charles Oliveira at UFC 262. Ahead of the fight, let's take a look at Michael Chandler's MMA journey to the top.
Chandler fought against Kyle Swadley in his professional MMA debut. It only took 3:30 minutes for Chandler to win the fight via TKO in the first round.
Chandler defeated Eddie Alvarez via submission (rear-naked choke) in the fourth round and claimed the Bellator Lightweight World Championship title.
Chandler got a second shot at the title against Patricky Freire. It only took 2:14 minutes for Chandler to defeat Freire via KO in the first round. 'Iron' then became a two-time Bellator Lightweight World Champion.
Chandler got another title shot in a rematch against Brent Primus. He defeated Primus via unanimous decision and became a three-time Bellator Lightweight World Champion. Now he also holds the record for most title reigns in the history of Bellator (3).
Chandler fought against Dan Hooker in his UFC debut match. He defeated Hooker in just 2:30 minutes of the first round via TKO. He was also awarded the 'Performance of the Night' bonus.