Scott Coker believes that the former Bellator champion, Michael Chandler, will undoubtedly win the UFC lightweight title at UFC 262. Chandler recently left Bellator and signed an exclusive contract with UFC as a potential backup to the network’s highly anticipated lightweight title fight.
Michael Chandler dominated Bellator for more than a decade and won the Bellator Lightweight three times. He was also the winner of the Bellator Season Four Lightweight Tournament. With such phenomenal records, the 34-year-old is now ready to conquer the UFC.
Bellator President, Scott Coker, believes Chandler is a worthy contender to achieve the UFC lightweight title. Iron is currently ranked at No 4 in the UFC lightweight division, and Coker thinks the former Bellator champ represents the Bellator company in the UFC.
Michael Chandler will fight Charles Oliveira for the title on May 15. However, Coker believes this is not the fight between two UFC fighters. Instead, it will be a battle between Bellator and UFC.
“He’s proven himself, and it’s something that, to me, it’s going to be a Bellator vs. UFC fight. You have Michael who fights for the UFC, but he’s home-grown here,” Coker said.
The American president is optimistic about Chandler winning the UFC lightweight title. “Go kick some ass, beat up everybody, and get that title,’ Coker told chandler when he was leaving for UFC.
Michael Chandler vs Olivera more like Bellator vs UFC?
Coker has seen Chandler’s fighting skill closely, and the Iron is a proven fighter at Bellator. “We’ve always known his talent, so when he knocks that kid out, or whoever he’s fighting, then he’s going to be the champ,” the Bellator president said.
Chandler spent all his life at Bellator before moving to the UFC last October. But as far as Scott Coker is concerned, he still represents Bellator MMA. “Michael is home-grown here, and he’s had a lot of fights. He was our world champ for a while,” Scott conveyed.
So, the best former Bellator fighter, any top fighter from UFC should be considered Bellator vs UFC.
Although Chandler did not move to UFC for one or two fights, he is yet to spend enough time at UFC to prove himself a true UFC fighter. Michael Chandler may call himself a UFC fighter after winning the lightweight on May 15.
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