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.

And for the latest on Bellator 97, including the night’s official results, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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