The Bellator lightweight title rematch that we’ve been waiting for seems to finally be finding a spot where it can take place. Well…a date anyway!
On June 24, 2017, Bellator took their talents to Madison Square Garden for the first time ever as three titles were on the line that night. One of those titles was the prestigious lightweight crown.
Entering the bout and looking to defend was the two-time champion, “Iron” Michael Chandler (18-4). Standing across from Chandler looking to steal his strap was the hungry and undefeated Eugene, Oregon native Brent Primus (8-0).
Things got a bit interesting almost right away as after Primus began to land several leg kicks low to Chandler’s calf, at the time it had seemed like Primus may have broken Chandler’s ankle or injured him in some sort of way.
Chandler stumbled around for the rest of the round as he essentially tried to survive but was still able to hurt and drop Primus at a point. He was unable to capitalize however due to his limited mobility.
Only 2:22 into the opening round and the doctors would take a look at Chandler and determine he shouldn’t continue to compete thus crowning Primus as the new champ via TKO. In the end, it ended up just being an issue of Chandler’s nerves being “shut off”.
Having had injury troubles of his own throughout his career, Primus has only fought once per year since 2013 (which is also the only year that he’s fought more than once in). The six-fight Bellator veteran and the current champion hasn’t fought since defeating Chandler.
But now the wheels appear to be in motion for his return as ESPN is reporting that a rematch between the two men is in the works for a Bellator event on December 14. The location remains to be determined.
This event also happens to be just one day before the big Bellator Hawaii card in Honolulu.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/25/2018