Michael Chandler was seen as a potential cornerstone the minute he set foot inside the Bellator MMA organization. In the eight-plus years since, he has done nothing to diminish that viewpoint.
Chandler will attempt to reclaim the organization’s lightweight championship when he confronts the unbeaten Brent Primus in the Bellator 212 main event on Friday at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The 32-year-old Hard Knocks 365 representative surrendered the 155-pound title to Primus at Bellator 180 in June 2017, his defeat resulting from a doctor stoppage due to a leg injury 2:22 into Round 1. Now comes the sequel. Chandler enters the rematch on the heels of consecutive victories over Brandon Girtz and Goiti Yamauchi. Should he dethrone Primus, he would become the first three-time champion in Bellator history.