Chandler Refuses Pitbull/Primus Rematch
Michael Chandler is looking to pull his title back from Brent Primus this December, but the former two-time Bellator lightweight champion won’t be looking to give him a rematch.
“The only rematch I want is that Eddie Alvarez trilogy,” Chandler told MMAjunkie Radio earlier this month. “That’s a fight that every single MMA fan on the planet wants to see. That’s the only rematch I’m interested in.”
That fight is now out of reach as Alvarez signed with ONE Championship earlier this week, and leaving Chandler without the fight he truly wanted.
While Chandler isn’t interested in a rematch with Primus down the line, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire is also banging down the door for a title shot, especially if it is against Chandler. Yet, Chandler sees no reason to fight someone he’s knocked out twice.
“I will say I would prefer not to fight Patricky ‘Pitbull’ for the third time and finish the trilogy of me crushing him for a third time,” he said. “How many times do you get crushed by a guy and get a third crack at him? So, I don’t know why he thinks he deserves to fight me again.”
Chandler believes Primus is scared to fight him and is of the belief no one knows who Primus is.
“He should be thanking me once again, for No. 1, getting to step in the cage with me, and No. 2, affording him the opportunity to take his family on a vacation, because part-time fighters don’t have the finances, nor the opportunity, to take their family to a beautiful place like Hawaii,” Chandler said.
“When I go out there and finish ‘Brett Preeble’ (what he calls Primus) in the first round in December, I think he’s going to be asking for a rematch,” he said. “But I don’t think ‘Bryce’ deserves a rematch. If Bellator wants me to fight ‘Ben’ again, I’ll do it for a third time.”
“I still to this day have been saying that I don’t think I’ll fight ‘Bryce Prebus’ in December. I think he’ll pull out of the fight and he’ll get stripped, and I’ll have to fight someone else. I do not have any faith of him stepping into the cage.”
“I don’t need the belt, nor do I care to fight Brice Prebus,”Chandler Concluded. “It does nothing for my career. Nobody knows who he is. So, for me, I just want big fights. Do I want the belt? Of course. Do I care who I fight to win that belt? Not really.”
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