Former two time Bellator Lightweight Champion and one of the best Lightweight fighters in the world Michael Chandler will not sign with the UFC and instead re-sign a multi fight contract with Bellator, reports Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
Chandler, who tested the free agency market after his contract expired following a victory over Brandon Girtz, is said to have been pursued aggressively by Bellator in an attempt to get him to re-sign.
The news was coming, as Chandler himself mentioned recently that he’d like to welcome Eddie Alvarez – a former Bellator and UFC Lightweight Champion – back into the fold at Bellator and settle their rivalry which stands at one win a piece.
Breaking: Michael Chandler is staying put with Bellator MMA. Sources say Chandler has signed a new multi-fight deal to continue fighting in Bellator. Chandler's last deal ended earlier this year and he was open to looking around, but Bellator pursued him hard.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 22, 2018
Despite the best efforts of Joe Rogan who tried to talk him into signing for the UFC when he appeared on a episode of JRE, it would seem that Chandler has chosen to continue his career with Bellator.
You can watch the full episode below.