Dana White Speaks On UFC Signing Michael Chandler
UFC President Dana White sounds enthusiastic over the signing of Michael Chandler.
White announced Chandler’s signing during an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Chandler had been competing under the Bellator banner since September 2010. Along the way, he captured the Bellator Lightweight Championship three times.
Chandler will be on standby for the main event title unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on October 24. If Khabib or Gaethje are forced out of the fight, then Chandler’s first bout with the UFC will be for a championship.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, White expressed his joy in being able to sign Chandler to the UFC (via BJPenn.com).
“Very excited about him. Very excited. And now that I’ve got to know him a little bit, he’s a great guy. So I’m happy for him and I’m happy that he’s part of the (UFC) family. He will be there for that fight. He will be training, he will be cutting weight, and he will weigh in just in case anything happens to Khabib or Justin. We’re excited about that. Great kid and he is now part of the UFC family.”
Fight fans have been salivating over the thought of Chandler fighting the UFC’s best 155-pounders. Matchups against the likes of Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, and Tony Ferguson are considered to be surefire barn burners once they are booked.
To this point, Chandler has amassed a pro MMA record of 21-5. In his last outing on August 7, he defeated Benson Henderson via first-round knockout at Bellator 243.