Michael Chandler vs Rick Hawn for Lightweight Title to Headline Bellator 85

Michael Chandler


Michael Chandler

  • 10-0 MMA / 7-0 Bellator Record
  • 10 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Marcin Held, Patricky Freire, Eddie Alvarez

Rick Hawn


Rick Hawn

  • 14-1 MMA / 6-1 Bellator Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Jim Wallhead, Lyman Good, Brent Weedman


Bellator 85

January 17th, 2013

Irvine, California

UCI Bren Center


Bellator’s lightweight champion, Michael Chandler will finally defend his belt for the first time, since beating Eddie Alvarez in last year’s “Fight of the Year” by fourth round rear naked choke. This last May, Chandler only needed 56-seconds in the first round to dispatch of long-time MMA veteran, Akihiro Gono by TKO in a Bellator ‘super fight’.

Rick Hawn earned a shot at the world title by winning Bellator’s season six lightweight tournament. In the first and second rounds, Hawn defeated Ricardo Tirloni and Lloyd Woodward with TKO’s to earn a spot in the finale. There he won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Brent Weedman.


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