Chandler submits Hawn, defends Bellator lightweight title

Friday, January 18, 2013

The undefeated Alliance MMA fighter improved to 11-0 on Thursday night with a successful defense of his Bellator lightweight title. Chandler submitted Rick Hawn with a rear-naked choke at 3:07 of the second round of their fight at the Bren Events Center on the campus of Cal-Irvine.

Chandler set the tone in the first round by taking down the 2004 Olympic judoka from Dracut, Mass., and controlling most of the round from that position. Hawn looked to avoid a knee to the head while getting back to his feet late in the round by keep a hand on the mat, but he ate a dozen knees to the thigh and torso instead.

Late in the first round, Hawn (14-2) tagged Chandler with a powerful shot, leaving open the idea the tide could turn in the second.

Instead, Chandler, a former NCAA wrestling All-American at Missouri, ramped up the intensity, using a pair of slams to soften him up and set up the finishing rear-naked choke.

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Title Fight Mike Chandler, Jr. Vs. Rick Hawn
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) – Fight was for the Lightweight Title
Name Mike Chandler, Jr. Mike Chandler, Jr.
Height 5′ 8″ (172.72 cm)
Weight 160 (72.57 kg)
Record 10-0-0


Name Rick Hawn Rick Hawn
Height 5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)
Weight 170 (77.11 kg)
Record 14-1-0
-Michael Chandler defeated Rick Hawn by Submission (RNC, 2nd Round, 3:07)