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Everything you need to know about Michael Chandler’s adopted son Hap Whitaker




Michael Chandler has repeatedly stated that he has always dreamed of one day becoming a UFC champion. Now he has a chance to make it happen UFC 262.

Chandler will face Charles Oliveira in the main event of the upcoming PPV card. It is understood that victory in UFC Lightweight Championship it will probably be the greatest moment of his professional career.

However, in Chandler’s personal life, the joy of becoming a father for the first time has no equal.

Michael Chandler and his wife, Brie Willet, adopted a son back in 2018. They later named him Hap Whitaker. According to Chandler, when he first saw the picture of his nine-month-old son, he had teary eyes.

“We wanted a newborn up to six months. It’s funny how you have your preferences and you have your plans and then suddenly God just says no. He was nine months old. They sent us a picture of him and as soon as I saw I had that feeling in me and I started I was like, ‘That’s my son,’ “Chandler said in an interview with MMA fight

Chandler and Brie had to wait months to be able to adopt a child, thanks to long legal requirements. When the duo finally qualified, it only took them six minutes to spot the child who would be their first son.

“We haven’t even gotten over the reaction to stick to the idea, holy cow, we’re active now, we’re allowed to adopt now … suddenly six minutes have passed and we’ve figured that out on a phone call,” Chandler said.

According to Chandler, the idea of ​​adopting a child was born in his wife’s mind since her teenage years. Brie worked as a volunteer at ‘Grandma’s House’, caring for young orphans.

Why did Michael Chandler and Brie Willet name their child Hap Whitaker?

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Michael Chandler and Brie Willet with son. (Image courtesy of Instagram: Michael Chandler)

Michael Chandler named his son after a legendary wrestling coach at the University of Missouri. His name was Hap Whitney. Whitney was a four-time state champion in Missouri and also shares a strong bond with Chandler.

Chandler and Brie later decided to replace Whitney with Whitaker. According to the former Bellator star, Hap’s second name was inspired by one of his friends named Mike Whitaker, whom he met at a restaurant in Nashville.

Hap Whitaker Chandler is now four years old. His parents went to Instagram to share pictures of his fourth birthday.