Former Bellator Champ Michael Chandler is an Absolute Beast in the Gym

Michael Chandler is a beast.

While the MMA casual may be well informed on everything UFC related, the rest usually tend not to hear too much about what’s going on with the fighters in other organizations. For example, if you’ve heard the name Michael Chandler then there’s no doubt that you know the man is a beast. What you may not know is all the work that the former Bellator lightweight champion puts into each and everyone of his workouts.


Michael Chandler is a supreme athlete, beginning his journey in the martial arts through wrestling. Amateur wrestling teaches an individual to develop grit as well as discipline, two traits that Michael Chandler has in spades.

As he prepares for his next Bellator fight, Michael Chandler continues to put in work at the gym and he’s preparing his body not only through the martial arts but through intense physical training as well.

This first clip showcases the former lightweight champ performing a barbell complex developed by Onnit coach Eric Leija.

The second clip shows Chandler going through a brutal total body complex that is sure to make even the strongest lifter sore.

What do you think of Michael Chandler and his physical training routines?

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Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.