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"Iron"

Michael Chandler

#4 Lightweight Division • 22-5-0 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 3
    Fight Win Streak
  • 10
    Wins by Knockout
  • 7
    Wins by Submission
Striking accuracy 49% 49%

Striking accuracy

Sig. Strikes Landed
136
Sig. Strikes Attempted
277
Grappling accuracy 42% 42%

Grappling accuracy

Takedowns Landed
Takedowns Attempted
12
4.29
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
3.76
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
2.37
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
1.42
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
53
%
Sig. Str. Defense
80
%
Takedown Defense
0.95
Knockdown Ratio
06:38
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

Standing
63 (46%)
Clinch
15 (11%)
Ground
58 (43%)

Sig. Str. by target

79% 107 Head 10% 14 Body 11% 15 Leg

Win By Way

KO/TKO
10 (45%)
DEC
5 (23%)
SUB
7 (32%)

Resultados del evento

Biography

Status
Activo
Hometown
High Ridge, Estados Unidos
Trains at
Sanford MMA
Fighting style
Wrestler
Age
34
Height
68.00
Weight
155.00
Octagon Debut
Jan. 23, 2021
Reach
71.50
Leg reach
37.50
Q & A

When and why did you start training for fighting? 2009 - right after senior year of college after I became an All-American at Mizzou. I was really close with Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren, who were like my big brothers; they started fighting so I figured I’d give it a try. Here I am, 11 years later.

What ranks and titles have you held? Highest rank -Top 3. Three-time Bellator world champion. Widely regarded as a perennial top 10 in the world.

Do you have any heroes? My mom and dad for setting the perfect example of hard work and doing things right.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the world to me. It’s always been my goal to be the best lightweight in the world and I can finally prove that in the UFC. 

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? University of Missouri: Bachelor’s degree in Personal Financial Management Services and Real Estate.

What was your job before you started fighting? Wrestling coach at Mizzou.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? NCAA D1 All-American wrestler. Four-time NCAA qualifier. Three-year team captain at Mizzou.

Favorite grappling technique: Head and arm choke, suplex, double leg takedown

Favorite Striking technique: Basic hook - right hand 

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Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker of New Zealand in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)