The Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler (11-0, 8-0 Bellator) has a NCAA Division I All American wrestling background, and he has provided fans with action-packed fights.
After his last opponent Dave Jensen had to bow out of their previously scheduled bout, Chandler has now drawn David Rickels (14-1, 8-1 Bellator), a hard-nosed competitor himself who’s on a four-fight win streak. They will lock horns in the main event of Bellator 97 on July 31.
Chandler on his training camp going in to the second defense of his title.
“He’s that grimy, in your face, pushing forward type of fighter. I’d like to think I’m one of those guys, except I’ve worked a lot on my striking, I’ve worked a lot on my grappling, a lot on my grappling defense, and Ive continued to work on my wrestling.
The champ also adds that his opponent isn’t one to mess with, he also shares how he plans to execute his strategy.
“I’m excited about the match-up because he’s not gonna be a guy that takes a backwards step, he’s gonna be coming towards me, he’s gonna be pushing the pace, and whenever you have a guy that is pushing the pace, there’s gonna be a street fight that’s gonna break out. I want to finish this fight, I don’t think he’s every been finished much at all, if he ever has. So that’s my goal.”