Michael Chandler & Benson Henderson 2 Booked for Co-Main Event of Bellator Japan

October 25, 2019
LOS ANGELES – The co-main event of Bellator Japan, powered by RIZIN, is set, following tonight's announcement that three-time former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler (19-5) will take on Benson Henderson (28-8) in a rematch of their epic 2016 "Fight of the Year" clash.
 
Bellator Japan: Fedor vs. Rampage emanates from the iconic Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, Dec. 29 and will air LIVE on Paramount Network on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
 
The finale of Bellator's 2019 schedule will feature a true heavyweight dream matchup pitting the greatest heavyweight in MMA history, Fedor Emelianenko (38-6, 1 NC) in a superfight against one of most feared strikers to ever lace up the four-ounce gloves, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (38-13).
 
Tickets for Bellator Japan: Fedor vs. Rampage go on sale November 3. Additional bouts are expected to be announced in coming weeks.
 
One of the most-decorated fighters in Bellator history, Michael Chandler steps back into the cage for the second time in 2019 in a rematch against former UFC and WEC champion Benson Henderson. With 14 of Chandler's 19 career victories coming by way of finish, Chandler is tied for most finishes in company history. In addition to previously defeating Henderson, "Iron" Mike has beaten a who's who among the division's elite, including victories over Eddie Alvarez, Goiti Yamauchi, Patricky Pitbull (2x) and Brent Primus. With wins in three of his last four outings, the three-time Bellator champion looks to regain pole position in the race to reclaim Bellator's lightweight crown.
 
On December 29, "Smooth" Benson Henderson will look to redeem his 2016 razor-thin split decision loss to Chandler and continue an impressive four-fight winning streak that has put him into contention for his second Bellator lightweight title shot since signing with the promotion three years ago. With a resume that includes victories over Nate Diaz, Myles Jury, Donald Cerrone (x2), Frankie Edgar (x2), Jorge Masvidal and incumbent lightweight champion Patricio "Pitbull," the MMA Lab-product in Arizona has his sights set on a rematch with the aforementioned "Pitbull," but this time with Bellator gold on the line.
 
Updated Bellator Japan: Fedor vs. Rampage Fight Card:
Heavyweight Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (38-6, 1 NC) vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (38-13)
160-Pound Contract Weight Co-Main Event: Michael Chandler (19-5) vs. Benson Henderson (28-8)
 
*Card subject to change.
 
Please visit Bellator.com for more information.
 
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About Bellator: 
Bellator is a leading global mixed martial arts and kickboxing promotion featuring many of the best athletes in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities worldwide and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on both Paramount Network and DAZN, the world's first truly dedicated LIVE sports streaming service. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.
 
About Paramount Network: 
Paramount Network is a premium entertainment destination that pushes the limits of story-telling with bold original scripted and non-scripted series. Inspired by over a century of cinema, Paramount Network is where today's brightest stars bring the experience of the big screen to every screen with stories that are immersive, inclusive, and deeply personal.
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