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.