Video: Free Agent Michael Chandler Knows His Worth, Exploring His Options

Free agent fighter Michael Chandler knows his worth and is exploring all of his options.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Michael Chandler is one of the highest profile fighters to hit MMA free agency in some time. The former lightweight champ is expecting a quick resolution and a boatload of money.

Chandler, 32, has been without a Bellator MMA contract since earlier this year when he successfully fought out his deal. There is no shortage of suitors for Chandler who called the free agency process “exciting” but also knows that this is one of the biggest decisions of his professional career.

“Business is business,” Chandler told LowkickMMA and other media in attendance. “No. 1, I know my worth. No. 2, I know exactly what I’m fighting for. No. 3, I know exactly how good I am. I truly think I’m the best lightweight in the world, and I don’t think there’s anybody that can convince me otherwise. With that comes a lot of layered decision-making.”

Chandler is one of the most prolific fighters in Bellator’s history. He has the second most fights in promotion history with 19, and he is tied for the most wins in the promotion’s history with 15. Despite Chandler’s accolades, Bellator has not been able to take advantage of the exclusive negotiation period with him. However, a person with knowledge of the situation stated that the promotion is taking the necessary steps to resign Chandler.

“At the end of the day, nothing is more important to me than my wife and my son and my legacy,” Chandler said. “I’ve always said that. Whoever was going to take better care of me, whoever is going to be there and taking care of me better was going to be who I was going to end up getting a deal done with. At this point, there are no deals done, and we will see what happens.”

“It all goes back to knowing your worth, realizing that I have been in this organization longer than anybody. I do have the most wins in Bellator history. I have been in the hands-down the most exciting fights in Bellator history. Bellator would not be where they are without the fights that I’ve had, without being one of the faces of the promotion, being one of the guys who goes out there and literally never disappoints. … With that and with the damage that I’ve taken and with the value that I bring into each and every second stepping into the cage, whether with Bellator or another organization, I have to take that into account.”

Chandler believes he is the best 155-pound fighter in the world. A claim that will be easier to prove if he signs with the UFC. However, Chandler has stated that his family comes first and as such, will ultimately determine where he fights.

Watch Michael Chandler’s full interview here:

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Video: Bellator 204’s Logan Storley Post-Fight Interview Scrum

South Dakota wrestling legend Logan Storley dismantles a tough A.J. Matthews at Bellator 204.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Logan Storley is a wrestling legend in these here parts and he continues to shine in the Bellator cage.

Storley remained unbeaten and improved to 9-0 with a win over A.J. Matthews at Bellator 204 which took place last night (Aug 17, 2018) at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Matthews opened the fight with good lateral movement. However, Storley timed a perfect takedown just as Matthews threw a punch and was able to get the fight to the canvas. Try as he might, Matthews just could not figure out a way to keep the relentless Storley off his back. Referee Jason Herzog looked mighty close to stopping the action on several occasions, however, the crafty Matthews managed to defend just enough to keep the fight going.

Herzog would stop the action for a few minutes in the first round when Storley accidentally hit Matthews with an illegal knee to the head. Although a clear hematoma was developing on Matthews’ forehead he soldiered on.

Matthews fired off some kicks to start round two but Storley bulldozed through his offense and quickly ended up in side control. From there it was academic. Storley methodically reigned down elbows and fists till Herzog mercifully stepped in to end the onslaught at 3:56 of round two.

Speaking to LowkickMMA and other media following his victory at Bellator 204 Storley explained how working with the likes of Robbie Lawler has helped his game.

Watch Logan Storley’s full post-fight interview scrum here:

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Video: Bellator 204’s Darrion Caldwell Post-Fight Interview Scrum

Bellator 204: Darrion Caldwell post-fight interview scrum.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Reigning Bellator bantamweight champion Darion Caldwell was successful in his move up in weight as he scored a second-round TKO victory over Noad Lahat last night (Aug 17, 2018) at Bellator 204.

Caldwell looked every bit the part of a featherweight in his division debut. He landed several nice leg kicks and effortlessly gained positional advantage on Lahat. Easily having his way with the Israeli born fighter. The champion would even tease a top side guillotine before continuing his ground and pound assault.

Caldwell would close the show in the second round with a barrage of ground and pound strikes that prompted the referee to jump in and halt the action. Although Caldwell looked great in his featherweight debut, this wasn’t the fight he was hoping for.

Speaking with LowkickMMA and other media after his main event victory, the champion would explain how he wants the ‘Pitbull’ brothers next.

Watch Darrion Caldwell’s full post-fight interview scrum here:

It’s clear who Caldwell would like to fight next. But it seems he would settle for either ‘Pitbull’ brother at this point. However, one thing is clear, that is ‘The Wolf’ has clear intentions on becoming the latest dual champ.

 

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USADA Tests Jon Jones For First Time Of 2018

Former light heavyweight champ Jon Jones has been tested by USADA for the first time of 2018.

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Although his future is very much up in the air, former two-time light heavyweight champ Jon Jones has been tested by USADA for the first time in 2018.

Jones is still unable to compete due to his failed drug test in connection with July 2017’s UFC 214.

However, in a recent Instagram post published this week, “Bones” can be seen hitting the mitts in his garage. Jones was also noticeably bulkier in the post. Thislead some people to speculate his return is perhaps imminent.

View Jones’ Instagram post here:

USADA has listed Jones on the Athlete Test History Section of their official website. This is the first time Jones’ name has appeared on the site for 2018.

Could ‘Bones” Be Innocent?

Whether or not Jones’ first test of the year is any barometer of a return remains to be seen. The UFC’s Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky was the last representative to speak on the matter. He did so on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

 “It would not make a lot of sense for an individual, a UFC athlete, especially a championship contender like Jon Jones who knew, ‘I’m tested quite regularly in this program’ – it would not make a lot of sense that that would be your drug of choice if you’re trying to cheat.

“I think it’s come out after the fact that USADA did another test on Jon a month or two months after his positive test, and he was negative. So that would be indicative that the prohibited substance entered his system sometime after July 7th or 8th, and that was likely a pretty small amount and that cleared his system pretty quickly.”

“Again, who knows where it plays out? But on the surface of things, at this point in the game with that type of information out there, it wouldn’t indicate intentional use. That could be wrong. I don’t know that definitively, and we’ll see how this plays out.”

As Jones continues to ride the sidelines MMA just keeps moving along. But adding’Bones’ the return of Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor makes for a heck of a nice trifecta.

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Georges St-Pierre Weighs In On UFC’s GOAT Debate

One of the best welterweight fighters of all time George St.Pierre doesn’t think he is MMA’s GOAT.

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There are only a handful of fighters in MMA that legitimately have a stake at the GOAT claim. It’s time Georges St-Pierre weighs in on the endless debate.

St-Pierre (26-2) is a two-time welterweight champion and recently came out of retirement, moved up in weight, and captured the middleweight title from Michael Bisping at 2017’s UFC 217.

“Rush” previously walked away from MMA after his victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in 2013. Leaving fans scratching their heads as to why one of the greatest fighters of all time would step away at his zenith.

St-Pierre’s accomplishments certainly bolster his claim to the GOAT conversation, but don’t tell him that.

“I don’t really consider myself the greatest in my era. It’s a subject I can debate for a long time,” said St-Pierre during a recent press conference in Australia via Submission Radio.

The always-modest GSP believes there is no such thing as the greatest of all-time. He also thinks the term “baddest man on the planet” is a mere illusion.

“There is no baddest man on the planet. Nobody is invincible, and even though you are the champion, it doesn’t mean that there is not another man on the planet that couldn’t beat you at that particular day, at that particular time, at that particular moment,” he said. “I became world champion at a certain moment, particular time and location.”

Watch St-Pierre’s interview here courtesy of Submission Radio:

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Video: ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Season 1 Cast Reunion, Where Has The Time Gone

Where has the time gone? 14 years later the cast from ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season one shares some memories.

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Where has the time gone?

The Ultimate Fighter has been chugging along for 27 seasons now. Some have been fantastic; others were not so much. But the original cast of characters from “TUF 1” still holds a special place in MMA fans hearts.

The UFC has been working overtime as of late compiling a ton of new content in lieu of the promotions 25th Anniversary. One such program will feature a where are they now style documentary revolving around the original cast from the groundbreaking first season of TUF back in 2005.

Only Josh Koscheck, Lodune Sincaid, and Jason Thacker missed out on the “TUF 1” reunion. All of the other fighters and coaches from the inaugural season took part in the get-together.

Retired fighter and “TUF 1” cast member Mike Swick shared an interesting side by side comparison photo via social media.

“TUF 1” middleweight winner Diego Sanchez is the only fighter still competing inside the octagon 14 years later. Although, a number of other fighters and coaches from TUF 1 are still active in the sport. Namely, Chris Leben who recently came out retirement to fight Phil Baroni in a bare-knuckle boxing match later this year.

Here are some more social media posts via Instagram:

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A post shared by Diego Sanchez (@diegonightmaresanchezufc) on

Mike Swick’s video post via Twitter:

The Ultimate Fighter franchise may be coming to a close, but the original cast from season one will always hold a special place in MMA fans hearts.

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