Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson 2 is named Rematch of the Year.
In a year with amazing rematches, it was a tough call to narrow down our winner. We toyed with the idea of naming Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier 3 our Rematch of the Year but there was something just a little but more special about Bellator’s Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson 2 which pushed it over the edge for us.
The rematch between two of MMA’s most important lightweights makes it pretty special as-is. But the weight and gravity of the final outcome of the bout are what we really focused on. Many knew this could have been one of Chandler’s last fights in the Bellator cage. FanSided MMA was present for the event and the air was heavy as Chandler said his goodbyes. He must have known he’d be signing with the UFC (or hoped) and his massive first-round KO absolutely sealed the deal on his future contract.
Watch the Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson 2 highlights
The win was needed not just to secure his place in the UFC, but to silence any doubters who had thought Chandler had lost the first fight with Benson (yes, there were some). He needed to stamp his Bellator career with an emphatic highlight win and that’s exactly what he did.
That’s why we picked Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson 2 as FanSided MMA’s Rematch of the Year.