Michael Chandler to defend lightweight title against Brent Primus

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler will make his next title defense against Brent Primus. The bout will be part of Bellator 180, which takes place June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Chandler became a two-time Bellator lightweight champion when he defeated Patricky “Pitbull” Freire last June at Bellator 157. He has since defended the belt with a split-decision victory over former UFC and WEC champion Benson Henderson. Chandler first won the belt with an upset over Eddie Alvarez in 2011. He defended the title twice before losing it back to Alvarez in 2012. Chandler then lost a pair of title fights against Will Brooks. However, since his second loss to Brooks, the former Missouri wrestler has gone 4-0.

Primus has been fighting exclusively for Bellator since joining the promotion in 2013. At the time, he held only a 2-0 record, but he has since won all five of his bouts for the promotion. In 2015, he finally broke through and scored an impressive victory over Derek Anderson. In his last outing, Primus took a split-decision over Gleristone Santos at Bellator 153.

In the main event of Bellator 180, rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will face off in a grudge match that has been brewing for years. Also on the card, former Pride FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will make his Bellator debut against Matt Mitrione.