Signing with the Bellator Fighting Championship is a dream come true for any Mixed Martial Arts competitor. The hard training sessions, the rise in the amateur division, all to receiving that life-altering phone call — what a hell of a ride it is to reach your goals. This dedication leads to the reality of stepping inside the cage to showcase those talents on a worldwide fight platform.

One contender is itching to get back into action after a lengthy absence from MMA competition. Considered one of the rising stars out of the Northwest Fight Scene, Brent Primus will be making his return to action at Bellator 141. Bursting onto the scene in 2013, Primus’ aim was to make a pivotal statement in his promotional debut. With a dominant first round submission victory over Scott Thometz at Bellator 101 in front of a hometown crowd, the Oregon native set the tone which looked to foresee a successful run in the lightweight division.

“Signing with Bellator and getting to step into the Bellator cage was like a dream come true, “ Primus told The MMA Corner. “I went into my debut fight thinking I’d rather die than lose and that’s how I’ve fought ever since.”

2013 to 2014 Brent Primus was a busy man. With a “Never Say Die” mentality, he continued his successful winning pattern. Opponent after opponent, the results were the same in the Northwest star’s favor as the undefeated record of now 5-0 remained unblemished. Yet injuries and direction of the company would put his career on hold, leaving Primus sidelined for over a year.

“I had an injury that took me out for a few months last year but I’ve been ready to fight for a while, “ he said. “I do think with the promotion now only offering one fight a month, it’s harder for fighters to stay active and you really have to make a statement with every fight to be noticed. I’ve for sure tried to do that and hope to maintain my undefeated record, finish every fight, and work my way up to that title shot.”

Frustrating situations like these can make any athlete lazy at their occupation as an MMA fighter. Loving the sport and staying motivated is never an issue for Primus. Even with no official fights lined up, you can find him training on a daily basis, sharpening his skills and aiding other teammates with their goals.

For Primus, it was his positive mindset, strong support system, and vision of competing again that kept him motivated through that dry spell in his career.

“It’s always rough playing the waiting game, trying to stay motivated, stay healthy and ready to fight whenever they call. The thought that they might call and I’d need to be ready for a fight is motivation enough.

“Also, my teammates and family keep me motivated and focused. My Rose City FC teammate Pat Healy gave me the opportunity to go down to the BMF Ranch and train with Cowboy Cerrone, Paul Felder and their coaches and training partners a few times. Just being around those guys and seeing their success and mindset makes me want to push myself that much harder.”

After the long delay, his fight career will soon be active once again. Eager to display his growth, Primus’ return to the cage at Bellator 141 finds him up against 12-1 Derek Anderson, who is riding high off a TKO victory against Dave Navarro.

Prepping with his core training group at Rose City FC and Performance Martial Arts with additional assistance from Nathan “Babyrhino” Shutterfield, everything seems to be going according to plan. Primus is looking forward to the challenge ahead of him.

“Derek is a really tough opponent. As long as I fight smart and to my potential I don’t see myself losing.”

With an undefeated record and returning from a long hiatus, Brent Primus has all the momentum and motivation to emerge victorious over Anderson at Bellator 141. Every fight is just as important as the last as this Northwest sensation looks to repeat his past performances in route to a future shot at the lightweight title.

Brent Primus Special Thanks: Thank you to all of my coaches, teammates, training partners, family and fiancé who always has my back and continues to support me through every aspect of my career. Also a big thank you to my manager, sponsors, and Bellator.

About The Author

Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.