LONDON – For Aaron Chalmers, Bellator is a super match.
Chalmers (four-zero MMA, 1-zero Bellator MMA) modified into once a longtime star on the Viacom-owned MTV UK channel as one amongst the most major solid members on the hit existing “Geordie Shore.” However now the amiable 31-One year-passe has made up our minds to place his on-digicam boozing and partying to one facet in account for to streak his passion of MMA.
At the birth, Chalmers’ foray into the game modified into once most efficient supposed to be a one or two-fight experiment. However then things bought serious, and he modified his profession consequently.
Talking to MMAjunkie at a Bellator MMA press tournament at Viacom’s U.Okay. headquarters, Chalmers admitted: “I’ll be loyal. I assumed I’d strategy in, delight in one fight, form a minute of money, then stride away.
“I had the one, (and) I loved it. However I modified into once juggling MMA and ‘Geordie Shore.’ I’m 31 now, so ‘Geordie Shore’ couldn’t final forever. And Geordie Shore modified into once drinking the total time, so my fitness and my well being wasn’t the supreme, d’you perceive what I mean?”
His MMA epiphany came during his zero.33 fight in his hometown of Newcastle, where he got a rapturous reception when he registered the zero.33 beget of his fledgling profession.
“When I walked out, and I heard the reaction, I assumed, ‘D’you perceive what it’s? I haven’t bought as many haters as I basically thought.’ And it modified into once after that fight that I assumed, ‘I’m going to give this a dazzling stride.’ I did my final ‘Geordie Shore’ in January, after which I knocked it on the head.
“It modified into once the Newcastle existing that exclusively modified my outlook to your entire thing.”
Despite launching his profession in a blaze of publicity with British MMA promotion BAMMA, Chalmers has proved to be anything but “factual one other star fighter.” In stark distinction to a pair star fighters we’ve viewed via the years, Chalmers can basically fight.
Coaching alongside the preventing brothers Leon and Fabian Edwards, to boot as Tom Breese, at Team Renegade in Birmingham, Chalmers has made ample strides in his pattern. And now, as a excessive-profile member of Bellator’s newly expanded European roster, Chalmers is asking to undercover agent how a ways his abilities and coaching can beget him.
“I’m going to pass as a ways as I will possibly stride,” Chalmers said. “I delight in to space myself minute challenges: I would purchase to get in the tip 10 in England. I delight in to fight in America. I delight in to fight in Madison Square Backyard. I delight in to fight on all these broad levels, in all these broad reveals. And I don’t stare why I will’t.
“For somebody who’s most efficient been doing this sport probably (for) 18 months, I in fact haven’t bought a infamous skillset, by any methodology. I handle the strain well on the broad stage. The thing is with me, factual reduction constructing my delight in self belief and reduction constructing my skillset.”
Chalmers is undefeated as a talented, with four first-round stoppage wins in opposition to equally inexperienced opponents.
The Brit’s subsequent take a look at sees him face American Corey Browning (four-2 MMA, 1-zero Bellator MMA) in a delicate-weight bout at Bellator Europe 1 on Saturday evening in a contest in opposition to a man who defeated the fighter Chalmers had before every part focused for the tournament, Kevin Ferguson Jr.
“We were requesting the ‘Baby Sever’ fight. That’s who I modified into once hoping I modified into once going to get in Newcastle, but Corey Browning beat him.” Chalmers said. “I get ample stick (from followers and online trolls) as it’s, so in its place of taking ‘Baby Sever’ on a loss, I assumed, ‘Let’s beget the youngster that beat him.’ And that’s what I’ve done.
“So that they provided Corey: four-1 amateur, four-2 pro – grand extra trip than me. So why no longer? I mediate that’s the step up that I important, so that’s why we went for that fight.”
Now that he’s a portion of Bellator’s newly launched European Series, Chalmers is conscious of the challenges are going to form bigger in project with every successive fight. However the Newcastle native is embracing it and expecting the rollercoaster scramble that lies forward.
“Obviously the fights are going to get extra mighty and extra mighty, and there are going to be losses alongside the potential,” Chalmers said. “However I mediate the comeback is constantly better than the fallback, so it’s how you handle the loss and strategy abet from it. That’s it. That’s what I delight in to goal for.”
While some celebrities can every so often be aloof and a minute guarded in interviews, Chalmers has been refreshingly originate and loyal during his MMA scramble to this level. He additionally has been acutely mindful of his star web page and the course that has taken him from the bars and golf equipment of Newcastle to the gleaming lights of the Bellator cage.
That self-consciousness, he outlined, methodology he can’t ever basically place his fact TV previous in the rear-comprise mirror. Finally, it’s what helped him get to the dance in the first place.
“I will’t ever speak I’m no longer a fact TV star, because of if it wasn’t for that I wouldn’t be standing here today time,” Chalmers said. “I wouldn’t be on Bellator. So I fully realize where I’ve strategy from in that respect. So ‘Actuality TV Superstar?’ ‘MMA fighter?’ Any other folks call me a (expletive); it doesn’t basically distress me.
“Who is conscious of? In the kill, there would be other fact TV reveals. However my major precedence at the minute is MMA.”
And while he has surrounded himself with an ample group, top-stage coaching partners and appears to be like to be drawing shut his martial arts endeavors the lawful potential, Chalmers says he is conscious of he’ll never fully believe the honor of some followers, no matter his performances internal the cage.
“I would possibly perhaps possibly (expletive) beget A hundred fights, and I wouldn’t get the honor I deserve!” Chalmers said with a wry smile. “I would possibly perhaps possibly beat the excellent on the planet and other folks would light speak it’s a fix.
“So I’m factual going to reduction doing what I’m doing, and if other folks must savor me and change their knowing, then so be it. However in the occasion that they don’t, then (expletive) them.”