Michael Chandler and Eddie AlvarezWhile not many people could have predicted how 2011 went for current Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, don’t count him among them.

“I knew my 2011 was going to be three fights in the tournament and then a title shot, so my plan was to win all four fights, obviously, and it went according to plan,” he said.

“It showed people that I could win a three-round fight, and that we were able to overcome adversity in a four-round fight with Eddie Alvarez. It really kind of proved to people that I’m here to stay, I’m working my butt off, and that I always try to put on a good show for the fans.”

A former Division-1 All American wrestler, Chandler has always strived for perfection in competition, thus while he’s pleased with his accomplishments, he feels he’s far from finished.

“I’ve got a lot of improvement to make and a lot of hours to get into the gym and get better,” he said. “I think I improved from my first fight in the tournament to the title fight. It showed how hard I’d been working and how hard I’d been trying to improve my all-around game.

“Am I satisfied with how well I did? Yes. But I’m not complacent. I’m ready to get better every fight, put on better shows and exceed people’s expectations even more.”

When asked how things have changed since defeating Alvarez for the Bellator lightweight title in November, Chandler responded, “More than anything for me, my life has changed because now I know with all that’s come to pass the potential that I have.

“I knew I had phenomenal potential coming into the sport, but at the level I’m at it just makes me want to work harder and continue to get better as quick as possible.”

Currently Chandler hopes to return to the cage in late April or May, and when he does, his goal is to continue to defy any critics he has left and be as entertaining as possible for his fans.

“I want to solidify my role as somebody who people want to watch fight,” he said. “(Someone who) is never going to try to hold on for a win, but to try to finish fights and win in dramatic fashion. Whether I have two or three fights this year, I plan not only on winning, but winning in exciting fashion and show my improvements.”

As for a rematch with Alvarez, Chandler told MMAWeekly.com it’s a possibility.

“Yeah, I would be interested in it,” he said. “I know fans want to see it. There are a lot of people out there that say I kind of got lucky or whatnot, but I’m open to whatever. I just want to fight. Whoever it is, whatever Bellator tells me, that’s who I’d like to fight.”

Outside the cage, Chandler urges fans to keep up with him on Twitter and also check out his new company that is more about providing hope than pounding someone into submission.

“I just started a charitable clothing line called Blessed Threads,” he said. “For every t-shirt we sell, 10-percent is going to a St. Louis-based organization called Friends of Kids with Cancer. That’s kind of my project I’m dedicated to aside from fighting.”

E-mail Mick Hammond
For more UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Smoking Pot and Poor Training, Emanuel Newton Wasn’t Worthy of Keeping His Bellator Belt

  • 19 days ago

Knowing that he was making poor decisions leading up to his last fight, Emanuel Newton says he wasn't worthy of winning in the defense of his Bellator belt. read news >>

Linton Vassell picking Emanuel Newton to upset Phil Davis in Bellator tournament

  • 17 days ago

SAN JOSE -- Bellator light heavyweight Emanuel Newton spoke with MMA Fighting on Wednesday about his gambling hobby, his pick for the tournament fight between Phil Davis and Emanuel Newton and his fa read news >>

Bellator 142 video highlights: Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez

  • 14 days ago

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Paul Daley returned to action on Saturday – but it wasn’t in the cage. Check out highlights from his Glory kickboxing bout at Bellator 142.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator champion Will Brooks upset with 'royal treatment' given to Phil Davis and Tito Ortiz

  • 13 days ago

"Ill Will" calls it as he sees it... Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1," a hybrid mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing event that took place inside SAP Center in San Jose, California last night (Sat. Sept read news >>

Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels II slated for Bellator 145

  • 11 days ago

A rematch between former lightweight champion Michael Chandler and David Rickels is slated for Bellator 145.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 145: Michael Chandler vs David Rickels 2 official for Nov. 6

  • 11 days ago

A huge showdown at 155 pounds is set for Bellator 145 on Nov. 6 in St. Louis, a show the promotion is calling "Vengeance," with Michael Chandler taking on David Rickels. Thaw out "The Caveman," he's read news >>

Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels rematch added to Bellator 145

  • 11 days ago

Michael Chandler is getting a familiar opponent in his home state. Fitting in with the event name, Chandler will face David Rickels in a rematch at Bellator 145: Vengeance on Nov. 5 in St. Louis, Bel read news >>

Michael Chandler and David Rickels Rematch Set for Bellator 145

  • 11 days ago

A rematch between former lightweight champion Michael Chandler and David Rickels has been added to the Nov. 6 Bellator 145: Vengeance fight card. read news >>

The Comeback: UFC 191's biggest earner, Bellator's new headliner, Cejudo's title shot

  • 25 days ago

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Tuesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Bell read news >>

Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef headlines Bellator 146, Brennan Ward gets opponent at Bellator 144

  • 25 days ago

Apparently knocking out Joe Schilling can earn you headlining status. Hisaki Kato will meet Melvin Manhoef in the middleweight main event of Bellator 146 on Nov. 20 at WinStar World Casino in Thacker read news >>