One of the most anticipated bouts of the evening delivered big time.
Jon Anik was permitted to refer to Chandler as Bellator champion – these words were not previously welcome on the broadcast.
The crowd was electrified, chanting Tony from the very first minute. A reach advantage for Ferguson was obvious from the get go. Ferguson got the best of Chandler in round 1.
Ferguson dropped Chandler early in the first, but Chandler recovered. His nose was bloodied.
Chandler seems to be swinging a lot but actually had more success with his leg kicks. Chandler landed a takedown on Ferguson with 2 minutes left in round 1.
Ferguson seems content to work the elbows from the bottom guard. Chandler landed solid ground and pound from inside Ferguson’s closed guard.
Early on in round two, Chandler landed an intense front kick knock out that floored Ferguson and made him face plant.
Michael Chandler just sent Tony Ferguson to the SHADOW REALM pic.twitter.com/8r3b9JMPqC
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 8, 2022
This Michael Chandler knockout of Tony Ferguson is one of the nastiest knockouts I’ve ever seen. The front kick from hell. #UFC274 pic.twitter.com/G5gJkghIOC
— Pat Egan (@Pat_Egan) May 8, 2022
FRONT KICK TO THE FACE! 🤯
TONY FERGUSON IS OUT COLD! 😱
MICHAEL CHANDLER WITH MAYBE THE KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR! 💥#UFC274 pic.twitter.com/t3DBr0fW4v
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 8, 2022
Michael Chandler KOs Tony Ferguson in shocking fashion. 😳 #UFC274 pic.twitter.com/PHe5GuTPke
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) May 8, 2022
After the fact Chandler called to rematch the men who defeated him in addition to calling out Conor McGregor.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.