33-Year-Old Bellator Lightweight 8-0-0
March 21, 2018 Brent Primus News
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Primus suffered a knee injury and has withdrawn from his first title defense against Michael Chandler on April 13, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
Primus caught a break as a heavy underdog when he faced Chandler for the first time, as Chandler suffered a fluky ankle injury that ultimately resulted in a doctor stoppage. The result was Primus earning the belt, but given the unique circumstances surrounding his win, an immediate rematch was in store. That rematch will have to wait an unspecified period of time, as the details around Primus' knee injury were not disclosed. In the meantime, Chandler will instead face Brandon Girtz in the main event of Bellator 197, though it will not be for a title.
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Fantasy AnalysisWhen the two met up for a chance at the championship in June, Primus walked away with the title due to an ankle injury that Chandler sustained in Round 1. In a highly anticipated move, we will receive a rematch less than a year later. Since that bout, Chandler defeated Goiti Yamauchi via unanimous decision last weekend, while Primus has remained on the sidelines. The defending champion will bring his perfect 8-0 career record up against Chandler's 17-4 mark.
Fantasy AnalysisThis is probably not the way someone wants to win a world title, but Primus walked out of the cage in New York City a champion. Chandler hurt his ankle stepping backwards, and he was clearly hurt. Primus went to his leg kicks, and Chandler simply could not put any weight on the ankle. Chandler landed a hard shot on one leg, but the referee stopped the bout to check the injury. This is not allowed, but the doctor ultimately stopped the fight. There will obviously be a rematch of this fight.
Fantasy AnalysisPrimus isn't a household name, but the promotion will give him a chance to take a step towards becoming one on their biggest stage. The 31-year-old is 7-0 in his professional career, due largely in part to consecutive split-decision wins over middle-tier contenders. Chandler will easily be his toughest test to date.