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Michael Chandler

UFC lightweight Michael Chandler
UFC lightweight Michael Chandler (Credit: UFC)

Michael Chandler is one of the most entertaining and toughest fighters in the UFC. He is currently the #5 ranked UFC Lightweight fighter with a pro record of 23-7. Chandler is also a former NCAA Division-1 wrestler. Chandler currently trains at Sanford MMA.

Chandler was born and raised in High Ridge, Missouri, and studied at Northwest High School. He joined the wrestling team and finished as the runner-up at the MSHSAA State Championships and as a senior in wrestling. Chandler amassed a 31–15 record against Big 12 opponents and a total of 100–40 record in his four years as a starter.

Michael Chandler as a wrestler
Michael Chandler as a wrestler (Credit: Twitter)

After graduation, Chandler enrolled at the University of Missouri and joined the school’s wrestling squad. Chandler was a four-time NCAA Division I qualifier and amassed a total of 100 career wins. He also earned runner-up honors in the 2008 and 2009 Big 12 Championships. He majored in personal finance management services with a minor in real estate.

Career Highlights

Michael Chandler has 23 wins in his pro career with a 79% finish rate, including 11 by knockout, 7 by submission, and 5 decision wins. In his UFC career, Chandler has displayed his toughness and striking skills against some of the best fighters in the lightweight division.

He has fought Dan Hooker, Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje, and most recently Tony Ferguson. So far, he has given all-banger performances and won the Fight of the Night award several times.

Michael Chandler knocking out Tony Ferguson
Michael Chandler knocking out Tony Ferguson (Credit: UFC)

Chandler used to fight in Bellator MMA before joining UFC and won the Bellator Lightweight Championship three times. He also fought in Strikeforce. Chandler made his UFC debut in 2021 at UFC 257. He fought Dan Hooker and won his debut by TKO in the first round.

Chandler fought Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 262 but he was knocked out by Oliveira. He also lost his next bout against Justin Gaethje but won the Performance of the Night award for putting up a back-and-forth battle. Chandler bounced back with a front kick KO against Tony Ferguson at UFC 274.

Michael Chandler’s Net Worth

Chandler was one of the most famous and highest-paid athletes in Bellator MMA. He has an estimated net worth of $5 million. Chandler earned most of his money from his fighting career and others from different brand endorsement deals.

Foundations and Endorsements

Michael Chandler is the founder of a fitness app called Walk on Fitness. Chandler also owns a fitness and MMA gym in Nashville called Training Camp.

Apart from this, he has lucrative endorsement deals with Speede, Venum, Monster Energy, KRAM Nutrition, Raw Gear, Dymatize, and WSOP (World Series of Poker Game).

Michael Chandler’s Wife and Family

Chandler is married to Brie Willet. He started dating Brie back in 2013 and tied the knot in 2014. The couple adopted a son, Hap, in 2017 and most recently another son named, Ace.

Michael Chandler with his family
Michael Chandler with his family (Credit: Twitter)
Name Michael Chandler
Date of Birth 24 April 1986 (age 36)
Born High Ridge, Missouri, United States
Nickname Iron
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 156 lb (70 kg)
Reach 71 in (182 cm)
Record 23-7
Stance Orthodox

How to contact Michael Chandler

Twitter: @MikeChandlerMMA

Instagram: @mikechandlermma

Facebook: Michael Chandler

Website: www.michaelchandler.com

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