Former two-time Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler has undeniably established himself as one of the best fighters outside of the UFC. At Bellator 212, he looks to reclaim the title that he controversially lost.
On June 24, 2017, Bellator made their debut in the state of New York for their big Madison Square Garden show, Bellator 180.
The card featured three title bouts. One of which being fought for the 155-pound crown that belonged to “Iron” Michael Chandler.
His opponent was the unbeaten 7-0 Brent Primus who looked to play spoiler on the biggest stage of his career. And that he would.
Early on in the fight, Primus would land some perfect low calf kicks, one of which shut off the nerves in Chandler’s ankle. At the time, it appeared that Chandler’s ankle had been broken.
Trying to survive on one leg, Chandler was still able to drop Primus with a big shot but couldn’t capitalize due to his limited mobility. Thus leading to the doctors examining Chandler at the 2:22 mark of the opening round and leading to the stoppage.
Since this encounter, the new champion in Primus has yet to fight or defend his title. But that all changes come Friday night at Bellator 212 in Hawaii as he defends it against Michael Chandler.
For the former champion, he has remained active since the loss by dominating the likes of top lightweights in Goiti Yamauchi by unanimous decision and Brandon Girtz via first-round submission.
Ready to get his hands on Primus once again, Chandler doesn’t expect much resistance from his new rival as he wouldn’t even consider them that due to the believed skill disparity.
Whether he’s right or wrong, there’s only one way to find out and that’s by tuning in on Friday.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/10/2018