Bellator 196 comes to The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., on Apr. 13, 2018, featuring a main event between undefeated Lightweight champion, Brent Primus (8-0), putting his 155-pound title on the line against former champion “Iron” Michael Chandler (17-4).
The route to this rematch is a convoluted road of twists and turns. Initially, Chandler lost the title at Madison Square Garden when he was suffered an ankle injury, leading to a raging post fight promo where an irate Chandler seemed to believe the fight was stopped early. The fact that he could no longer stand up suggested otherwise.
Since that time, Chandler blasted Primus as “heartless” and suggested he’d have no interest in a rematch against such flimsy competition, even teasing the idea that a move up to Welterweight would be more interesting. Despite those feelings he promised to be a model employee and accept a rematch if Scott Coker offered him one in his post-promo after beating Goiti Yamauchi.
Now that Bellator has decided to do the rematch it will be up to Chandler to find the enthusiasm to fight Primus a second time and potentially take back the strap. Despite Chandler’s stance that Primus is a “part timer” who does mixed martial arts (MMA) on the side, a perfect profession record with two wins by knockout and four by submission is nothing to sneeze at. Indeed, he’s a worthy adversary who must be taken seriously.
No other fights have been announced for the card at this early date. Nevertheless, tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 2, 2018, at the Carol Furniture House box office of The Family Arena starting at 10 a.m. local time or only from MetroTix.com.
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