After the controversial loss Michael Chandler (19-5) suffered this past weekend at Bellator 221, the American is pretty sure that sooner or later he’ll get a rematch with Patricio Freire (29-4).
The Brazilian got a first round W in the main event of the night, but the stoppage of the fight was premature to say the least. “Pitbull” connected with a right hand and “Iron” fell down on the ground and after some unanswered ground and pound from Friere, referee Rob Madrigal stepped in and stopped the fight. However, as he did that, Chandler began to stand back up which left question marks over the stoppage.
Here’s what the 33-years-old American had to say after the bout was over:
“We were on our way to giving Bellator probably one of the greatest fights in the promotion’s history,” Chandler said. “I was about to get up, I was about to rally and I was about to come back just like I do in every single one of my fights. I just didn’t get the opportunity.
“He stuck his head in the sand and ran,” Chandler said of referee Madrigal. “These kinds of things happen, but I looked at him as I was getting up you know. It’s unfortunate, but this is the fight game.”
“I think you’re going to see an overwhelming majority of people who want to see a rematch, I think Bellator is going to want to see a rematch. Of course, I want the rematch. Whether you think it was an early stoppage or not, I’m not going to rant and rave about that. Patricio ‘Pitbull’ will step back in the cage with me, it just depends when.”