In his last fight under Bellator contract, Michael Chandler defeated Benson Henderson with a Round 1 K.O. It was the left hand of Chandler that rocked Henderson, thus leading to a knockout in their second lightweight bout together. This rematch was four years in the making and was named as the headliner for Bellator 243.
They previously fought at Bellator 165, where Chandler emerged victorious through a split decision.
Timothy Johnson defeated his fellow UFC fighter Matt Mitrione in the first round of their clash. The stoppage came at 3:14 minutes of first-round when Matt Mitrione let himself unguarded during a ground and pound attack by Johnson.
With this win – Johnson is on a two-fight winning streak whereas Mitrione’s record stands at 3 L and 1 NC in his previous four outings. Johnson has really turned the tables after his recent two-fight losing streak. Through some huge changes in his approach and training, he has completely changed the momentum which resulted in transforming a two-fight losing streak into a winning one.
In the lightweight feature fight in the card, Myles Jury earned a decision win over former featherweight contender Georgi Karakhanyan. Georgi was the faster one but what mattered was his lack of takedown defense. The jury had effectively used his size to create an advantage over his opponent by maintaining distance working from outside. Karakhanyan kept getting tagged while driving inside to attack Jury, which later on affected his performance.
Bellator 243: Michael Chander vs Benson Henderson full result
Michael Chandler def. Benson Henderson
Timothy Johnson def. Matt Mitrione
Myles Jury def. Georgi Karakhanyan
Sabah Homasi def. Curtis Millender
Adam Borics def. Mike Hamel
Cris Lencioni def. A.J. Agazarm
Valerie Loureda def. Tara Graff
Grant Neal def. Hamza Salim
Charlie Campbell def. Nainoa Dung
Dalton Rosta def. Mark Gardner
What’s next for Chandler?
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Chandler made the following statements:
“You definitely have to embrace the pressure, there’s pressure that goes along with every, single fight. The good thing is I haven’t really looked at this as if this is anything more than just another fight.”
“It’s trying to be as professional as possible, taking the emotion out of it. Taking the fears and the doubts out of it all. I just need to go out there and do my job. I think more than anything it’s exciting.”
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