NEW YORK -- In the end, it was the doctor’s call.
Coming off a 14-month layoff, undefeated lightweight Brent Primus shocked the world, and two-time champion Michael Chandler, to claim the Bellator title. Even more shocking was the stoppage, as the bout was brought to a halt just 2:22 into the first round after it was determined that Chandler could not continue, having severely injured his ankle.
Primus, who flew under the radar for the majority of fight week, was primarily known for his jiu-jitsu heading into the bout. His ground game was never tested.
Opening up with leg kicks, Primus caught Chandler early; however, the injury occurred while the former champ was evading strikes. Chandler attempted to continue on one leg, but Primus realized the extent of the injury and proceeded to attack the leg.
With Chandler visibly hurt, referee Keith Peterson brought in the cageside doctors to evaluate “Iron” Mike. Chandler insisted on continuing, but it was out of his hands.
Officially ruled a TKO win for Primus via doctor’s stoppage, the bout is likely to be re-booked for a rematch.
Brent Primus, who contributes to Champions’ #FighterBlogs section, is the new Bellator lightweight champion.