Bellator champion Michael Chandler taking on Akihiro Gono in May

With all the talk about former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez’s upcoming Bellator bout with Shinya Aoki it turns out the organization has also been working on a fight featuring another 155er familiar with divisional gold against a Japanese veteran.

According to a press release from the promotion, current title-holder Michael Chandler will see action against PRIDE/UFC alumnus Akihiro Gono on May 4 at Bellator 67.

Chandler is 9-0 thus far in his career since transitioning to MMA from a successful run as a collegiate wrestler. He was last seen scrapping with Alvarez in a Fight of the Year candidate this past November, winning the belt by way of submission in the fourth frame.

While Chandler may be a young star on the cusp of his prime, Gono is a seasoned scrapper who has been fighting for years. Over his career the 37-year old has picked up a number of notable wins en route to a 32-17-7 record including those over Gegard Mousasi and Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard.

Former MFC champ Ryan Ford will also make his debut at the event, a show set for Ontario, Canada.

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MMATraining Take: This is the most baffling bout I’ve seen to date from Bellator. Gono is coming off two losses and hasn’t been relevant in a few years. If Chandler beats him it means nothing and if he loses it’s a devastating blow to his reputation/marketing potential. He’ll certainly be favored to win but fighting is fighting and anything can happen.

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