Benson Henderson to rematch Michael Chandler at Bellator Japan

Benson Henderson and Michael Chandler will run it back after three years.

The co-main event of Bellator Japan is set.

Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler (19-5) will take on Benson Henderson (28-8) in a rematch of their epic 2016 “Fight of the Year” clash.

Bellator Japan: Fedor vs. Rampage will take place at the iconic Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, 29 December.

The finale of Bellator’s 2019 schedule will feature a true heavyweight dream matchup as Fedor Emelianenko (38-6, 1 NC) faces one of most feared strikers to ever lace up the four-ounce gloves, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (38-13).

Michael Chandler steps back into the cage for the second time in 2019 in a rematch against former UFC and WEC champion Benson Henderson.

With 14 of Chandler’s 19 career victories coming by way of finish, Chandler is tied for most finishes in Bellator history.

In addition to previously defeating Henderson, “Iron” Mike has beaten a who’s who among the division’s elite, including Eddie Alvarez, Goiti Yamauchi and Patricky Pitbull.

With wins in three of his last four outings, the three-time Bellator champion looks to regain pole position in the race to reclaim Bellator’s lightweight crown.

Henderson will look to redeem his 2016 razor-thin split decision loss to Chandler and continue an impressive four-fight winning streak that has put him into contention for his second Bellator lightweight title shot since signing with the promotion three years ago.

With a resume that includes victories over Nate Diaz, Myles Jury, Donald Cerrone (x2), Frankie Edgar (x2), Jorge Masvidal and incumbent lightweight champion Patricio “Pitbull,” the MMA Lab-product in Arizona has his sights set on a rematch with the aforementioned “Pitbull,” but this time with Bellator gold on the line.

Bellator Japan includes:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson


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