Each event, Bellator MMA picks a top moment from its fight card. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler easily wrapped up that honor with a devastating first-round knockout of David Rickels.
Chandler (12-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) needed just 44 seconds to flatten Rickels (14-2 MMA, 8-2 BMMA), a recent tournament winner, and notch the second defense of his title at Wednesday’s Bellator 97 event.
Chandler, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA lightweight rankings, quickly unloaded a swarm of punches in the Spike TV-televised headliner to delight fans at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M.
Check out the fight video above.
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