Brent Primus has landed an opportunity to participate in the Bellator lightweight grand prix and is looking to create a significant impact right from the start. Following Sidney Outlaw’s failed drug test, Primus received a call to replace Outlaw and will combat Mansour Barnaoui in the Bellator 296 event in Paris, France, this Friday. Although Primus is a former lightweight champion, he is considered an enormous underdog in the upcoming clash.
Still, Primus is not fazed by this, as he has often performed in hostile territories and thrived in similar scenarios during his career. “I’ve had the opportunity to fight on their turf several times, and every time, I’ve appeared in such a situation, ruining their party as the long-shot.
Barnaoui goes into the contest with eight consecutive victories, having defeated all of his opponents, including Adam Piccolotti, who he defeated in Bellator 287 in October. However, Primus is confident and determined to create history by becoming the first to stop Barnaoui. “I feel I can beat this guy, either through a submission or a knockout. He hasn’t been humbled in his career to date, but there is always a first time, and that’s why I’m here,” Primus claimed.
The stakes for this fight are extra high, with the winner going on to compete for the 155-pound world title in the second round, against Usman Nurmagomedov, the current champion. Although Primus remains laser-focused on his upcoming bout against Barnaoui, he recognizes the enormous opportunity that lies ahead.
Primus believes that going against Nurmagomedov represents an ultimate highlight in his career, as he has been looking forward to this bout for some time. “I have been requesting to fight him (Nurmagomedov) for quite some time, and now I have my chance,”
Primus affirmatively says. “Only one fight stands between me and the title shot, and I know that he is a good fighter and comes from a reputable camp, but once I get into that cage, I will not let that stop me from bringing him down and securing the victory for myself.”