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#5 Lightweight Division

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Michael Chandler

Lightweight Division

23-7-0 (W-L-D)

11

Wins by Knockout

7

Wins by Submission

13

First Round Finishes

Michael Chandler

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Learn more about Michael Chandler's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Hometown
High Ridge, United States
Trains at
Sanford MMA
Fighting style
Wrestler
Age
36
Height
68.00
Weight
156.00
Octagon Debut
Jan. 23, 2021
Reach
71.50
Leg reach
37.50

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2009
     
  • Eleven wins by KO, seven by submission (2 arm triangle, 4 RNC, guillotine)
     
  • 13 first-round finishes
     
  • Has won seven of his last 10
     
  • Owns wins over Benson Henderson (twice), Patricky Freire, Akihiro Gono, Eddie Alvarez and Marcin Held
     
  • Has also faced Will Brooks and Patricio Freire

UFC History
UFC 274
(5/7/22) Chandler knocked out Tony Ferguson at :17 of the second round 
UFC 268 (11/6/21) Chandler lost a three round unanimous decision to Justin Gaethje
UFC 262 (5/15/21) Chandler was stopped by Charles Oliveira via strikes at :19 of the second round in a bout for the vacant UFC lightweight championship 
UFC 257 (1/24/21) Chandler stopped Dan Hooker via strikes at 2:30 of the first round

Q&A

When and why did you start training for fighting? 2009 - right after senior year of college after I became an All-American at Mizzou. I was really close with Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren, who were like my big brothers; they started fighting so I figured I’d give it a try. Here I am, 11 years later.
What ranks and titles have you held? Highest rank -Top 3. Three-time Bellator world champion. Widely regarded as a perennial top 10 in the world.
Do you have any heroes? My mom and dad for setting the perfect example of hard work and doing things right.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the world to me. It’s always been my goal to be the best lightweight in the world and I can finally prove that in the UFC. 
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? 
University of Missouri: Bachelor’s degree in Personal Financial Management Services and Real Estate.
What was your job before you started fighting? Wrestling coach at Mizzou.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? NCAA D1 All-American wrestler. Four-time NCAA qualifier. Three-year team captain at Mizzou.
Favorite grappling technique: Head and arm choke, suplex, double leg takedown
Favorite Striking technique: Basic hook - right hand