Geordie Shore star and former BAMMA fighter Aaron Chalmers is set to make his Bellator debut alongside iconic mixed martial arts fighter Mirko “Crop Cop” Filipovic on May 25th.
Coming off a TKO victory against Karl Donaldson at BAMMA 33, Chalmers boasts a record of 3-0 with all of his wins coming by way of stoppage in the first round.
The television personality will feature on a card that features many beloved names in the mixed martial arts community, including Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Michael “Venom” Page. The 30-year-old Englishman could not believe the news when he was first told he would be facing Ash Griffiths at Bellator 200 in London.
“I was sitting round my girlfriend’s house and my agent called and said ‘you are not going to believe it,’” Chalmers said.
“I knew there were talks going on but I still didn’t expect him to say ‘you are fighting on the Bellator London show’.
“My heart sank with nerves because it is quite a big show — well it’s actually a f*cking huge show.
“I am buzzing. Inside a year everything has just gone from strength to strength. And now I am on one of the biggest shows in the world.
“If someone said to me a year ago that I would be on the same card as Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson and Michael Venom Page I would have laughed at them and said ‘f*ck off’.
“A year later I am on it and it seems surreal. I am going to be sitting in a press conference with Mirko f*cking Cro Cop, who I have watched for years.”
Chalmers had been training at the Ultimate Training Centre in Birmingham alongside Fabian and Leon Edwards, two big names in the British mixed martial arts scene, but will now move to American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida to prepare for his Bellator debut.
Chalmers will be in good company, counting the likes of former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley for teammates.
“I got speaking to the head coach over there Conan Silveira and he said they would love to have me over there.
“They are one of the top teams in the world so I can only imagine the calibre of some of the coaches and people I am going to be working with.
“I just can’t wait to get out there and get stuck in. I am going over there to work on my ground game and wrestling.”
“I have been on big shows and had full-houses so I don’t feel any more nerves and I am just enjoying all the opportunities.
“Previously I have had to carry all of the press and marketing on my shoulders so this will be nice to have some pressure off to concentrate on fighting.
“I am not the big name anymore with Cro Cop, Nelson and MVP all spread out. I think there will be a lot less stress.”
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