I had the privilege of meeting Bellator athlete Michael Chandler early last year while I was out in Las Vegas for the filming of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ show. At the time, Chandler was training out there preparing for an upcoming fight. He started working with the Alliance fight team that was out there for 3 months and it was an instant connection. He won his fight (in under a minute) and ended up moving out to San Diego a few months later where he’s been training with the Alliance team ever since.


Mike Chandler

I’ve trained my fair share of professional athletes and I can confidently say, he is one of the hardest working people I have ever come across. From the S&C work, to the skills training, to the nutrition…he’s got everything dialed in. It’s always refreshing to work with someone so dedicated to his craft. He is proof that hard work and and strong commitment pays off. His athleticism and, more importantly, his proper mindset, are the reasons he’s got that strap around his waist.

Not too long ago, I asked Mike a couple questions regarding our strength training sessions…here’s what he had to say:



About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.

For more information please visit www.dbstrength.com.