The clock was ticking at Bellator 243 on Oct. 7, 2020, in Uncasville, Connecticut. Everybody knew that “Iron” Michael Chandler was right down to the final struggle of his Bellator MMA contract. Coincidentally, that deal would shut with a long anticipated rematch. His first assembly with “Easy” Benson Henderson in 2016 gave him a cut up resolution win, however neither man was satisfied with the result.
Solely a second struggle might settle the rating …
Henderson arguably had extra to lose than Chandler getting into. He owned a four-fight win streak and was seemingly as near title competition as he had been since first arriving in Bellator. Chandler, however, appeared assured of a bidding battle for his providers win or lose. Successful doesn’t harm, although, whenever you’re promoting the worth of your providers to a brand new promotion, particularly if you happen to can win dramatically and emphatically
That’s precisely what “Iron” Mike did on struggle evening. His left hand discovered the goal and dropped Henderson to his knees, and as referee Dan Miragliotta rushed in to cease the motion a number of extra rights to the grounded man ensured that he wasn’t getting again up.
It solely took Chandler 2:09 to get the job accomplished:
Bellator MMA would contractually have the choice to match any supply from UFC or anyone else, however that efficiency ensured that UFC would bid larger for his providers than all different events. He’d quickly be enjoying “Fight Island” after making weight as a backup for UFC 254. Although he wasn’t wanted on the evening, he’d quickly be making a return journey to Abu Dhabi, the place he’s scheduled to face Dan Hooker in his promotional debut at UFC 257.
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