View this post on Instagram To honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, Bellator MMA has partnered with the USO to present a special live event free for the troops, along with their friends and families, on December 14. Brent Primus Defends Lightweight Title Against Michael Chandler in Long-Awaited Main Event Rematch to Kick Off Honolulu Doubleheader LIVE on @Paramountnetwork, also simulcasted LIVE on @DAzn_Usa
The two pugilists initially went to battle on Bellator NYC in June 2017, where fans saw Primus claim Chandlers 155-pound title with a first round TKO win. During the scrap, Chandler severely injured his ankle, forcing the referee to call a stop to the contest, much to the chagrin of the former champion.
Chandler (18-4), who recently re-signed with Bellator, later scored a decision win over Goiti Yamauchi in January 2018, earning his rematch against Primus.
The two were then slated to throw down at Bellator 197 in April before Primus was forced out with a leg injury. Chandler, instead finished his replacement, Brandon Girtz, in the first round of their main event matchup, retaining his place as number one contender in the process.
Prior to his title win, Primus (8-0) strung to gather five straight wins inside the Bellator cage, including stoppages over Chris Jones, Brett Glass and Scott Thometz.
Also added to the card is a heavyweight scrap between former UFC champion Frank Mir and Javy Ayala. Mir will be looking to get back into the win column after coming up short against Fedor Emelianenko in June.
The entire event will be free to attend for members of the armed forces, alongside friends and family members, and will go down the day before Bellator 213, which features a womens flyweight title fight between Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Valérie Létourneau in the same venue.
Share Share Bellator announces Salute the Troops event, Primus vs Chandler 2 to headline in Hawaii tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email The place is Honolulu, Hawaii. The venue is Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. However, the event is not Bellator 213: Macfarlane vs. Letourneau on Dec. 15, 2018. On the contrary, the promotion just announced an all-new show that will take place at the exact same venue on Dec. 14, 2018, and its Bellator MMA and USOs Salute the Troops complete with free admission for armed forces and their families.
And if youre going to give our brave men and women in uniform a show, youd better give them a good one. Bellator has the long-awaited Brent Primus vs. Michael Chandler fight on tap to headline the show. Primus (8-0) took the title at Bellators MSG debut when Chandler (18-4) was TKOd because of a gruesome leg injury sustained during the match. Several previous attempts to book the rematch fell through, most notably Bellator 197 in Missouri back in April.
The USO is an historic military support organization – not just in entertainment but in connecting them back to the things they love and fight for. It made perfect sense for Bellator to establish a relationship with the USO and provide a unique opportunity to Hawaiis military population. We appreciate their service to the nation, and we hope this is just the first of many opportunities for us to work together.
A Heavyweight co-main event has also been announced, which will see Frank Mir (18-12) take on Javy Ayala (10-7) in what will undoubtedly be a test of who has the better chin.
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