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Michael Chandler

#4 Lightweight Division • 22-5-0 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 3
    Fight Win Streak
  • 10
    Wins by Knockout
  • 7
    Wins by Submission
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
Sig. Str. Defense
Takedown Defense
Knockdown Ratio
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

0 (0 %)
0 (0 %)
0 (0 %)

Sig. Str. by target

0% 0 Head 0% 0 Body 0% 0 Leg

Win By Way

10 (45%)
5 (23%)
7 (32%)

Event Results


High Ridge, United States
Trains at
Sanford MMA
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Jan. 23, 2021
Leg reach
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 

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Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker of New Zealand in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)