Chandler-Henderson II Rebooked For June Bellator Event
For the first time since 2016, Michael Chandler and Benson Henderson will look to recreate their magic from Bellator 165. The two will face off at Bellator 244 in June.
The fight was announced during Bellator’s All-Star press conference in New York City. It will be joined by A.J. McKee v. Darrion Caldwell in the semifinals of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix.
After beating Henderson (28-8) via split decision to retain his Bellator Lightweight Championship, Chandler (20-5) lost a bout and the belt to Brent Primus back in Bellator NYC in 2017. Since then, he won three in a row, including the Lightweight Title for the third time, before losing it again to Patricio Freire back in 2018. Chandler, a D1 wrestler, rebounded in his last bout, knocking out Sidney Outlaw back in December in Japan.
Henderson lost to Patricky Freire after the Chandler fight, also by split decision. Since then, the former UFC Lightweight Champion has won four in a row. He last faced Myles Jury at Bellator 227 in September, beating him via unanimous decision. Recently, Henderson signed a new contract with Bellator.
The two were supposed to face one another in December in Japan, but Henderson had to back out due to an injury he sustained. As a result, Henderson faced Outlaw on short notice. Now, both fighters are ready to finally face off once again.
Bellator 244 takes place inside the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on June 6.