Even though Madison Square Garden is home to countless memories from the sports and entertainment world, Bellator lightweight Brent Primus has a hard time nailing down his favorite memory from the “World’s Most Famous Arena.”
Rather, he remembers some of the famous names who competed at Madison Square Garden, including the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Primus is looking to add his name to that list of legendary performers when he faces Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler at Bellator MMA’s first-ever card at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, June 24.
But if you had asked Primus growing up if he ever saw himself fighting in perhaps the most well-known arena in the world, he might have laughed in your face.
“I had played soccer my whole life,” Primus said. “I played varsity in high school and on club teams where we would travel. Soccer was my life; I never thought I would do MMA. I thought that whole thing was crazy.”
But after Primus left home when he was 18 years old, he started getting into fights, and his friend saw an opportunity.
“My buddy thought that if I was going fight, I should get paid for it,” Primus said. “I had my first fight, and after that I walked into a jiu-jitsu gym. I got my ass kicked there, but I loved every second of it.”
Primus has compiled an undefeated record in his young 7-fight career, including four consecutive first-round submission victories to begin his career. Primus’ fight against Chandler on June 24 likely represents the biggest challenge of his career, and Primus remembers exactly where he was when he got the call from Bellator.
“I was sitting on the couch with my wife, eating food,” Primus said. “When I got the call and they asked if I wanted to fight for the title, I said ‘Hell yeah.’
“I’m fighting one of the best lightweights in the world,” Primus said. “Both of us have first-round finishes and we’re part of a stacked card.”
Primus isn’t only looking forward to his title opportunity at the next Bellator card – he’s also looking forward to watching legends like Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva step into the cage.
“Fedor and Wanderlei were my idols from the PRIDE days,” Primus said. “The fight between [Lorenz] Larkin and [Douglas] Lima should be warfare too. It’s going to be fireworks. Both of those guys have a lot of experience and can really end up adding a lot to the product.”
But one big fight that Primus is not sure he’ll tune in for? The boxing match between undefeated boxer and multiple world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, which was announced last week and will take place in August.
“At first I thought it was a joke, but I bet it makes a lot of money,” Primus said. “Conor has a smart mouth, but it’s different when you’re fighting one of the best boxers of all time.”
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