Source | MMAJunkie.com
When asked how much he had to convince Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler to sign a new long-term deal with the Viacom-owned fight promotion, Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney put it in terms everyone could understand.
“I can tell you that every single time Michael and I go out to dinner for the rest of our lives, he picks up the check,” Rebney told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
“Obviously, our industry is not that large,” Rebney said. “There’s the UFC and Bellator. What the UFC pays its top lightweights and what Bellator pays is pretty common knowledge. It doesn’t take a CIA agent to figure out what those numbers are, but I can tell you pretty unequivocally that Michael Chandler is now one of the top-paid lightweights in all of MMA.”