Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler is currently a free agent. and Brent Primus believes there is one place Chandler won’t sign.
That place is the UFC because Primus believes that Chandler doesn’t want to be dealing with USADA.
“I honestly think that he just doesn’t want to mess around with USADA,” Primus said on What The Heck (via Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting). “I’m not gonna say, ‘Oh, I think he’s on steroids,’ but I really wouldn’t doubt if he is. I just don’t think he wants to deal with USADA. If he does go to the UFC, then he’s gonna have to definitely be straight and not be taking EPO or whatever all the crap that people think he’s on. His performance will drop like crazy if he goes to the UFC and he’s not taking what he’s normally taking in Bellator. So I don’t see him doing that. I think he’s at the end of his career kind of and I don’t think he wants to go get off whatever he’s taking or take a chance, or maybe not, just take chance of getting whupped on in the UFC. I think he’s gonna stick with Bellator or ONE, but we’ll see.”
The former lightweight champion would like to see Chandler stay with Bellator, so they can have their third encounter.
“I honestly don’t see him going to the UFC,” Primus said. “I see maybe ONE, but I want him to stay. I want him to stick around and I want that third fight. I know I could have done better in our second fight, and I still have been killing myself over it. But yeah, I want that trilogy fight for sure.”
Bellator President Scott Coker did say serious talks were taking place this week with Chandler, but no further updates have been provided at this time.