Brent Primus pulled a huge upset at Bellator 180 as he defeated then lightweight champion Michael Chandler via injury to become the Bellator MMA Lightweight Champion.
However, the champion doesn’t exactly feel like a champion should and he doesn’t even want to put the belt on.
“I literally just thought I broke his leg, or I did something to his nerve, and that I won because of the kicks,” Primus told MMA Junkie Radio. “I couldn’t hear the commentating. I couldn’t hear all that bad stuff. I didn’t know that people thought he’d hurt himself until afterward. So I was excited, I was like, ‘I kicked the crap out of this guy, and our game plan worked to a tee.’ As soon as I went in the back and got on social media, and I posted a picture of me with the belt, I literally had hundreds of people saying that I don’t deserve that belt. (That) he hurt himself, (that) he rolled his own ankle. And that’s when, man, I was so sad. I literally didn’t even want to put the belt on and walk around with it. Because I felt like everybody thought that I didn’t deserve it.”
Primus had already stated in his post-fight interview that Chandler would get an immediate rematch when he is healed up from his injuries.
Even though he doesn’t feel like the champion right now, the fighter does claim that it was his leg kicks that hurt Chandler.
“I tried telling people that my leg kicks hurt him,” Primus said. “Just the first one hurt him. His leg was already messed up before he rolled his ankle. And everybody just didn’t believe me at all. But I knew that deep down. I could see it in his eyes. I literally saw the will – I just saw him break. As soon as that happened. I think he didn’t know what was going on either. He was worried, I think. Man, it was hard for me to – it’s just weird, man. I look at the belt right now, right by me. And I didn’t even want to put it on, because I just felt like everybody thought I didn’t deserve it.”
There is no timetable for Chandler’s return to action, but Primus is going to be waiting for him so he can have his immediate rematch.