And then Chandler landed the shot in the video above.
A monstrous right hand put Rickels on wobbly legs, and the finish was near. After a brief scuffle, Chandler sealed the deal with some ground-and-pound that forced the referee to intervene. For his efforts, Chandler secured his second victory in as many tries over Rickels, each via knockout.
"I deserve that belt. I believe that in my heart," Chandler said. "I think I'm the best fighter in this division. I think I'm the best lightweight in the world on any given night. I hope those guys battle it out for you guys. I want the winner. Scott Coker, make it happen. If not, I'll knock every single one of you lightweights down to get there."
With the win over Rickels, Chandler moves to 11-3 inside the Bellator cage and 14-3 overall.