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.
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.
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