Bellator Birmingham Preview: Primus v Wilde
By Dan McConnell
Bellator MMA carries on its European tour with a first ever stop in Birmingham, England. Tonight we will see the stars compete inside the Resorts World Arena for a huge night of action.
In the main-event former Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus (8-1) will face a man who is making his promotional debut in England’s Tim Wilde (12-3). The American-Primus defeated Michael Chandler for the title in 2017, but was face with Chandler in the rematch who re-gained his belt via decision last year. Wilde is an experienced veteran at the age of 31, and has fought for promotions such as BAMMA and Cage Warriors in the past. He will look to top off the card with a huge victory and make a statement over a former champion.
In the co-main event lightweight Derek Campos (19-8) faces Portuguese top contender Pedro Carvalho (9-3) however ‘the peoples co-main’ is much more of an intriguing fight. Birmingham’s own Fabian ‘The Assassin’ Edwards (6-0) puts his undefeated record on the line against Falco Neto (11-9).
For me, I have previously discussed how highly rated the Team Renegade fighter is in my book, and I expect Fabian who will have brother and UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards to put on a show for his home-town fans! The 170-pounder has called for an early KO over his ‘journeyman’ opponent.
Former UFC The Ultimate Fighter contender Saul Rodgers (12-2) takes on Edwards’ team-mate in former Cage Warriors top prospect Aiden Lee (7-3). This fight has potential to be fight of the night!
Experienced Brit Lee ‘The Butcher’ Chadwick (24-12-1) returns to the Bellator cage to face James Mulheron (11-3). While London’s Dominique Wooding (5-2) makes his own Bellator debut after fighting t for promotions such as BAMMA and ACB in the past, and will face David Khalsa (2-4).
Irish featherweight Brian ‘The Pikeman’ Moore (11-7) features and looks to get back in the win column against Binh Son Le (5-2). Highly rated Irishman Sam Slater (2-1) will make his third professional appearance against Akonne Wanliss (2-1) in a night that should entertain fight fans, and continue to show why the UK and Ireland produces some of the best talent in the world!
Brent Primus v Tim Wilde
Derek Campos v Pedro Carvalho
Fabian Edwards v Falco Neto
Raymond Daniels v Wilker Barros