While Michael Chandler lost his title in the first round against Patrício Freire on May 11, 2019, via TKO, he can return to the cage against “Smooth” Benson Henderson on December 29, at Saitama Super Arena, Japan. Three years after their toe-to-toe fight on November 19, 2016, we can expect a real-tense competition. Let’s examine their former matches to have a Michael Chandler vs Benson Henderson betting preview.
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Michael Chandler vs Benson Henderson betting preview – 3 years ago “Iron” Chandler won in a razor-close fight
At the highlight event of Bellator 165, “Iron” Micheal Chandler won in a razor-close fight with a split decision against former UFC champion Henderson. It was a match with a lot of table-turns. Let’s highlight just the first round where, after “Smooth” suffered a huge suplex he pressed Chandler against the cage till the end of the round.
Even though the judges gave Chandler a split decision it was taken with a bitter mouth by both contesters. Chandler apologized for his performance after the fight. Asking about their rematch Henderson said: ”I think I definitely won the first fight, but my opinion doesn’t really matter, I’m going to make sure in this fight, the judges’ opinions don’t matter.” At that time Henderson lost his chance to gain a Bellator belt.
Henderson’s winning streak might influence the odds of online sportsbooks in the US
After his 180-days medical suspension, Henderson faced Roger Huerta at Bellator 196. Henderson won in the second round with a guillotine choke submission. His next fight on October 13, 2018, he stopped Saad Awad’s winning streak by unanimous decision.
After signing a longterm contract with Bellator Henderson achieved a slim win against Adam Piccolotti on April 27. Since Henderson won in the ring against Myles Jury he is back in title contention. Regardless Henderson’s winning streak and his razor-close previous battle against Chandler online gambling sites in the US still giving him the odds around 2.1-2.5.
First rounding with the Brothers – Chandler’s and Henderson’s case with the Freires.
To add some salt and pepper to this Michael Chandler vs Benson Henderson Betting Preview I’d like to highlight their relation to the Freire brothers. Chandler faced Patricky on June 17, 2016, where they were fighting for the Bellator Lightweight Championship. With a furious first-round knock-out Chandler regained his title for the second time.
Patricky’s brother Patrício moved up to lightweight division to earn a chance to revenge his brother. Unfortunately, instead of facing the “Iron” he had to stand against “Smooth” Henderson at Bellator 160. The bout ended when Freire stoped in round two due to a leg injury. As it later turned out Henderson broke his shin during the first round. 11 May 2019, Patricio finally had the chance to take revenge on Chandler for bullying his brother. He didn’t waste the chance and took down the Iron man in the first round with a furious TKO.