Lightweight Brent Primus is a couple of weeks removed from his victory over Benson Henderson at Bellator 268. Next for him will be an opportunity to regain the lightweight title.
In this interview with Primus, he details what it would mean to get the belt wrapped around his waist again, the experience of fighting a legend like Henderson, how no lightweight can compete with him on the ground, and more.
In 2017, Primus captured the lightweight strap after being awarded a TKO victory (leg injury) over Michael Chandler. The two ran it back a year and a half later in a bout that went the distance in favor of Chandler. Since then, Primus has gone 3-1, with his lone defeat coming via split-decision. His most recent win put him in the driver’s seat for another crack at the title.
Brent Primus Interview
“Oh it would mean everything to me,” he began. “I’ve been training my butt off as soon as I lost it to Chandler, and it’s all I’ve really been thinking about. I’ve been going five rounds on the pads and in sparring, so that’s been my goal to get that belt back. I’m so confident I’m gonna get it from one of these guys. I’m really excited to watch these guys fight to see who I’ll face to get my belt back.”
When Primus says he’s excited to watch these guys fight, he’s referring to the vacant lightweight title bout between Patricky Pitbull and Peter Queally, which is scheduled for Nov. 5 at Bellator 270. Scott Coker has confirmed that Primus will fight the winner.
“So Patricky and Queally are fighting next month and I get the winner of that,” Primus stated. “And (Scott) Coker said that could be as early as January or February. So that’s why I’m back at training three times a day for a five-round fight. Just getting my cardio up to par and I’ll be ready.”
Fighting Benson Henderson at Bellator 268
“I was definitely looking to do more stand-up and catch him on the feet and try to knock him out, but he had good footwork and just moved really well,” said Primus. “But I knew that my ground game would be superior. I knew if I got him on the ground we’d be in my world, even though he’s a black belt. I made a couple mistakes where I thought I could’ve finished him, but he was really squirmy and wiry.”
“It was awesome to be able to fight him,” Primus affirmed. “I grew up watching him and paid for so many of his PPVs. And he’s beaten some of the best lightweights in the world. It was cool, and that’s what I wanted. I wanted to fight a big name that everybody knows and I thank Bellator for giving me the opportunity.”
Brent Primus on being one of the best grapplers in the world
“No, not at all,” he replied when asked if any lightweight can hang with him on the mat. “I’m so confident in my ground game. Even when I’m in my guard, I’m able to wrap people up so I don’t get punched. I just feel so comfortable on the ground. I feel like I could submit anybody or at least control them on the ground.”
Thoughts on the Bellator 270 title fight
Primus doesn’t care who he faces for the belt. Yet, he did share who he believes will have the edge when Pitbull and Queally face off for their rematch next month.
“I think Patricky, but at the same time, he got tired in their last fight and the tables started to turn towards Queally and that’s why Patricky shot that double-leg,” Primus told me. “He’s also fighting Queally in Ireland and those Irish fans are insane which is a factor. If Patricky can really get his cardio up I think he can win, but Queally is definitely durable and hard to finish.”
Primus is an impressive 9-2 under the banner of Bellator, and he’s never been finished in his career. Right now, all of the focus from the 36-year-old is fixated on regaining the belt he once had.
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