Former Bellator MMA Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler is still recovering from an injury suffered against Brent Primus at Bellator 180.
While the former champion was recovering from said injury, the focus has changed and he may make a move to welterweight.
“I’m not just looking to fight; I’m looking to get big fights,” Chandler said to MMA Junkie. “You only get a small window of opportunity in this sport. Someday I’m going to look back and wonder how many fights kind of flew under the radar for me. Paul Daley had a nice, big impressive win this past weekend (over Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 183). That’s a fight that I would like, eventually. The Rory MacDonald fight is a fight that I would like eventually.”
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker recently stated that when he does return to action, a lightweight title shot is coming Chandler’s way.
However, the former champion is claiming that the title he has held twice before doesn’t mean much to him anymore.
“Honestly, I couldn’t care less at this point,” Chandler said. “I just – I want big fights. I’m not necessarily wanting to fight Brent Primus next. At this point, I’ve already sat out for a little while. And they’ve let (Primus) act like he can actually call some shots and decide when he wants to fight. I know Scott Coker said something about February, March. That’s out of the question. Because I need to fight. And I want to fight. I’ve been teasing that I would love to go up a weight class and take some challengers there. I’ve got some options.”
If Chandler doesn’t take the lightweight title fight when he returns, it may wind up going to Patricky Pitbull, who recently stated that he deserves the next title shot.