Michael Chandler honored just to have his fight compared to Dan Henderson vs. Shogun RuaPosted on November 21, 2011, 02:13 PM by Joey Santosus
"I don't care, (Henderson and Rua) are both great guys, great fighters. Its just great for the sport of MMA. The community that we have, they got the opportunity to see two great fights on one night.... It goes back and forth, this fight had more action, this fight was better, but it's great just to have my fight compared to a fight with Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua. I always want to be talked about like that, as a guy that goes out there and puts on a show. Maybe I am a little bit bias, and hoping that people like my fight better, but (Rua and Henderson) are both warriors and great guys for the sport." - For more from Michael Chandler's appearance on "The MMA Hour," visit MMAFighting.com
On Saturday night, the MMA community was treated to a great night of fights, highlighted by a five-round war between veterans Dan Henderson and "Shogun" Rua at UFC 139, and under the Bellator banner, a Lightweight title clash between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler. Offset by approximately two hours, as the UFC's main card got underway, MTV2 viewers were watching an epic battle unfold, as Chandler defied odds to secure a title-clinching submission victory over the highly favored Alvarez. At that point, there were few arguments that the Bellator headliner had succeed in cementing its place as the leading candidate for 2011's fight of the year.
That was, until Henderson and Rua stepped inside the octagon in San Jose - and just as quickly as Alvarez vs. Chandler had gotten the nod for FOTY, it took just 25-minutes for the focus to shift to from the war the had transpired in Hollywood, Florida, to the one that had capped of UFC 139 in California. Though Chandler insists that he's honored just to have his fight compared to one contested between such legends, what do you think LowKick'ers? Is Chandler's upset victory over a consensus top-five Lightweight in Alvarez still in the race for fight of the year? Or did Hendo's ever-so-close decision win over Shogun usurp the coveted award?
Further Reading: Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez (Recap & Full Fight Video)