Former Strikeforce fighter Mike Chandler has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships and makes his promotional debut at the Sept. 30 Bellator 31 event, officials recently announced.
An opponent has not been determined for the lightweight fighter.
Chandler (3-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC), a former University of Missouri wrestler, moved to 3-0 after using a cage-ratting slam and rear-naked choke to stop Sal Woods at a May Strikeforce show.
Bellator 30 takes place at the L'Auberge du Lac Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, La. The night's main card airs on FOX Sports Net.
Chandler, a former All-American wrestler who joins Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley as Mizzou's latest MMA crossovers, began his MMA career soon after graduation. None of his fights lasted beyond seven minutes.
Chandler, who now trains with Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in a recent interview that his fellow Tigers' success prompted his interest in MMA.
"[Tyron] was one of the first guys I saw with boxing gloves and MMA gloves who was messing around with that," the 24-year-old said "It was cool to see someone I knew doing that. Then (former Missouri wrestler and current MMA fighter) Ben Askren, he started getting into the jiu-jitsu stuff, so that was another influence."
"Michael Chandler is a great signing for us at 155," Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. "He has unlimited potential in the sport. I'm excited to see him progress as a fighter under the Bellator banner."