Topics covered include:
* Rick Hawn's judo and who will have the take down advantage in the fight
* Training with UFC Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, Brandon Vera and others at the Alliance gym
Topic asked about but not responded to:
* Eddie Alvarez. Chandler is focused on Rick Hawn and will be happy to talk about Alvarez and lawsuits and a possible pay-per-view bout with Alvarez later.
After you've watched what Chandler has to say, take a look at what challenger Rick Hawn told MMA Mania's Brian Hemminger and our own Matt Bishop on Bloody Elbow radio (transcription via MMA Mania):
Matt Bishop: What makes Michael Chandler such an intriguing opponent for you and how to you view him as a fighter?
Rick Hawn: It's my first time I'll be facing a really good wrestler and fighting someone that's shorter than me. The match up is intriguing -- an Olympic judo guy against an All-American wrestler and those dynamics. Who knows? It could be a slugfest. We're both decent strikers and it could go either way. It's definitely something I've been training hard for in all areas and of course this can be a long fight.
Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com): Neither of you have fought since May. How do you think that layoff will affect you personally?
Rick Hawn: For me, it'll be great. It'll be fine. I had a long layoff before the start of the last tournament because of my injury. I looked at it as a blessing to recover and train because the tournament took a toll on me. I feel great, had a great training camp and for me, personally, it was a great thing to have the fight pushed back.
It's fun to be pumped up for a Bellator card again!