Mr. Chandler, who is well-known for his aggressive fighting style, is widely regarded as one of the best lightweights currently competing in the sport. ‘The Iron,’ a former Bellator MMA champion, had a strong entry into the UFC by knocking out top contender Dan Hooker in the co-main event of UFC 257 in January, earning him a shot at the UFC championship.
UFC 262 will take place on Sunday, and the lightweight title will be decided between the American and the Brazilian. Khabib Nurmagomedov resigned the belt a couple of months ago, and the fight will be for the title.
Due to his constant presence on social media, a great deal is known about him; nonetheless, there is relatively little information about his personal life available. There’s no doubt that Chandler is someone who prefers to keep his personal life out of the public eye, which is one of the reasons why so little is known about his wife and child.
Michael Chandler’s Personal Life
By rumors, ‘Iron’ and his girlfriend, Brie Willet, have been together for more than seven years. They became engaged in March 2014 and are planning to exchange wedding vows later this year, according to reports.
She is a Columbia native who attended Taylor University, where she majored in Psychology and Biology while pursuing her undergraduate degree. She subsequently went on to receive her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from Southern Illinois University.
She obtained her Doctorate degrees from Lincoln Memorial University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, both of which are well regarded in their fields, a few years ago. She is currently employed as a resident public relations specialist in critical care at the University of Missouri Hospital.
She spends a lot of her free time with her kid, whom she and her husband adopted a few years ago when she is not with her husband.
Michael Chandler’s Earnings Throughout His Career
Michael Chandler is believed to have earned a total of $1,985,500 during his professional fighting career. He is still actively competing in the UFC and expects to earn more money as a result of his efforts.
United Fighting Championships 268: Gaethje vs. Chandler – Michael was defeated by Justin Gaethje in a decision that was not in his favor. The fight lasted the entire three rounds, with both combatants displaying the heart of a champion. Chandler is expected to earn $250,000 for this bout, according to estimates.
Michael Chandler’s Childhood and Adolescence
Michael Chandler was born on April 24, 1986, in the Missouri town of High Ridge. He is descended from Irish and German ancestors.
When he was at his high school, he was named Most Valuable Wrestler during his senior season and was named to the All-St. Louis wrestling team.
Chandler continued his wrestling career at the University of Missouri, where he was a four-time NCAA Division I qualifier and amassed more than 100 career victories during his tenure there.
Chandler also trained with Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley during his time at the University of North Carolina.
Chandler’s Career Highlights
He has an amazing MMA record of 21-5-0 and has won several major trophies as a result. In his wrestling career at the University of Missouri, he was named to the All-American team.
Aside from that, Micheal has the distinction of having the most stoppage victories in Bellator MMA. In 2011, he was named Sherdog’s Breakthrough Fighter of the Year for his efforts.
Michael Chandler’s Honours and Accomplishments
- Bellator Lightweight World Champion three times in a row
- Defending champion of the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament
- Bellator Lightweight division has the most submission victories with six.
- The most number of knockout victories in Bellator MMA history (13)
- MMA Junkie is the winner of the June 2016 Knockout of the Month award.
- MMAJunkie has named the May 2021 Fight of the Month.
- Sherdog named him the 2011 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year.
- Yahoo Sports has named the fight of the year for 2011.
- All-American in Division I of the NCAA (2009)
Michael Chandler’s Net Worth and Earnings
Michael Chandler has an astounding net worth of around $2 million, which he has accumulated solely via his professional fighting career. Since he was a professional fighter in the Bellator organization, his earnings and fight purse are not readily visible on the internet.
He did, however, earn a whopping $253,500 for his victory over Dan Hooker at UFC 257, which was his professional debut. Chandler’s previous highest-earning fight came at Bellator 106, where he was defeated by Eddie Alvarez in a controversial split decision. That day, he was able to take home a whopping $95,000.
When he made his UFC debut, the American defeated Dan Hooker and earned $253,500 before falling to Charles Oliveira in the second round.
Chandler, on the other hand, made a tidy sum of $380,000 despite failing to win the championship.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Michael Chandler’s Net Worth? How Much Money Does he have?
Michael Chandler is reported to have a net worth of $3 million. He earned the most of his fortune through mixed martial arts competitions in the UFC, Bellator, and Strikeforce promotions.
When will Michael Chandler’s Next Fight Take Place?
Michael Chandler just fought Justin Gaethje at UFC 268 and is currently in the recovery process and unbooked for the time being. He is still under contract with the UFC and is anticipated to return to action in the first quarter of 2022.