Rematch Reportedly Set For August Bellator Event
A rematch that has been in the making for four years will finally take place. Following COVID-19 postponing all major Bellator events, the promotion is looking to come back with a bang.
According to Combate, a lightweight bout between Benson Henderson and Michael Chandler is being planned for August 7. MMA Fighting was able to confirm the report, although Bellator has not announced anything yet. The fight could take place inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
After beating Henderson (28-8) via split decision to retain his Bellator Lightweight Championship in 2016 at Bellator 165, Chandler (20-5) lost a bout and the belt to Brent Primus back at Bellator NYC in 2017. He ended up winning three in a row, including the Lightweight Title for the third time. He ended up losing it 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 Freire after the Chandler fight, also by split decision. Since then, the former UFC Lightweight Champion has won four in a row. He has since gone on a three-fight win streak, beating Myles Jury at Bellator 227 in September last time out. Recently, Henderson signed a new contract with Bellator.
Both were originally supposed to face one another in Japan last December, but Henderson ended up getting injured. The fight was rebooked for Bellator 244 on June 6, but the card was postponed due to the coronavirus. Chandler has stated he is interested in exploring his options after this bout, which is the final fight of his current Bellator deal.
This card would join Bellator’s return to action tour, which reportedly starts on July 24.