Former Bellator Lightweight champion and recent free agent Michael Chandler is in no hurry to sign a contract with any of the major promotions. Chandler who’s contract with Bellator expired earlier this year is apparently holding out for the company which can offer him the ‘right amount’ of money.
“Business is business,” Chandler said. “No. 1, I know my worth. No. 2, I know exactly what I’m fighting for. No. 3, I know exactly how good I am. I truly think I’m the best lightweight in the world, and I don’t think there’s anybody that can convince me otherwise. With that comes a lot of layered decision-making.”
Chandler currently has the most wins and the most stoppage victories in the history of Bellator. Instrumental in shaping the company as well as one of the most recognizable fighters on the roster, Chandler believes it is time for his efforts to be rewarded without which he is willing to look at other avenues.
At the end of the day, nothing is more important to me than my wife and my son and my legacy,” Chandler said. “I’ve always said that. Whoever was going to take better care of me, whoever is going to be there and taking care of me better was going to be who I was going to end up getting a deal done with. At this point, there are no deals done, and we will see what happens.
“It all goes back to knowing your worth, realizing that I have been in this organization longer than anybody. I do have the most wins in Bellator history. I have been in the hands-down the most exciting fights in Bellator history. Bellator would not be where they are without the fights that I’ve had, without being one of the faces of the promotion, being one of the guys who goes out there and literally never disappoints. … With that and with the damage that I’ve taken and with the value that I bring into each and every second stepping into the cage, whether with Bellator or another organization, I have to take that into account.”