A knee injury put Primus out of commission for Bellator 197, and while many are upset about the fallout of the match, none more than the lightweight himself, who issued an apology on social media Wednesday.
This sport is full of ups and downs. This past week has been a real low. I've trained and faught through injuries multiple times but this time was different. I tried moving around and shadow boxing after taking a week off and it just wasn't possible. I would really like to apologize to @bellatormma, all my coaches that put so much work in with me, all my sponsors, all my family and friends that bought airfare and tickets. There's not a man in this world that I would rather fight than @mikechandlermma. It's going to happen sooner than later! @teamoyama @gbportland @performancemartialarts @badboybrands @bellatormma @iridiumsports #injuriessuck #fml #bebacksoon #summer2018 #rematch #mytime #andstill
“There's not a man in this world that I would rather fight than Michael Chandler. It's going to happen sooner than later!” – Bellator Lightweight Champion Brent Primus
Primus claimed 155-pound gold at Bellator 180 last June when Chandler suffered a nerve injury in the first round of their bout. He hasn’t defended the title since that victory.
Chandler last saw action against Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 192. His win over Yamauchi seemed to set up the rematch that has now fallen through. Chandler will instead face Brandon Girtz at Bellator 197 on April 13 in St. Charles, Missouri. Girtz last fought at Bellator 190, where he defeated Luka Jelcic in the first round.
Edward Carbajal serves as the lead MMA analyst for Frontproof Media and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a brown belt in Ishin Ryu Karate. He has covered combat sports since 2014 and has been a fan of MMA since UFC 1. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com.