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Video: Go behind the scenes of historic Bellator: NYC at Madison Square Garden

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We’re a week removed from Bellator’s second foray into the world of pay-per-view.

And regardless of what you thought of the matchups and results, there’s little denying Bellator: NYC was historic for the promotion, given it was its return to the pay-per-view stage, as well as its first trip to the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Now you can relive the event, which included a Bellator 180 card on Spike, through Bellator’s “Backstage” behind-the-scenes video.

“Bellator NYC: Backstage” includes footage from boxer Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who made her pro MMA debut with a win, and Conor McGregor teammate James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), who stayed unbeaten. Plus, in the Bellator 180 headliner, Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) beat Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) to become Bellator’s light heavyweight champion.

On the pay-per-view card, there was no shortness of oddities. After Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) cruised past Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to retain his welterweight title, Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) was upset by heavy underdog Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). And Michael Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) lost the lightweight title to Brent Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) in odd circumstances.

Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) beat Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) by knockout – after the two of them knocked each other down at the same time. And in the main event, Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) settled his grudge with Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

Check out the full video above.

For complete coverage of “Bellator: NYC” and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Brent Primus talks backlash from injury TKO of Michael Chandler: 'I didn't even want to put the belt on'

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After the biggest conquest of his MMA career, newly crowned Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus saw himself in the unfortunate position of having to justify it to the world.

Primus was declared the winner of his Bellator NYC encounter with Michael Chandler on Saturday after a then-unspecified injury with Chandler’s leg rendered Chandler medically unfit to continue in the first round. Although Primus walked away with the TKO – and, of course, the 155-pound belt – his achievement was somewhat obfuscated by what at the time looked like a freak accident.

From Primus’ immediate viewpoint, what had happened was simple: He’d just become a world champion after successfully implementing a strategy that happened to involve some gnarly low kicks.

The excitement, however, didn’t last long.

“I literally just thought I broke his leg, or I did something to his nerve, and that I won because of the kicks,” Primus told MMAjunkie Radio. “I couldn’t hear the commentating. I couldn’t hear all that bad stuff. I didn’t know that people thought he’d hurt himself until afterward. So I was excited, I was like, ‘I kicked the crap out of this guy, and our game plan worked to a tee.’

“As soon as I went in the back and got on social media, and I posted a picture of me with the belt, I literally had hundreds of people saying that I don’t deserve that belt. (That) he hurt himself, (that) he rolled his own ankle. And that’s when, man, I was so sad. I literally didn’t even want to put the belt on and walk around with it. Because I felt like everybody thought that I didn’t deserve it.”

Neither Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) nor Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) immediately knew the exact nature of the injury. The ex-champ, who protested the stoppage at the time, later revealed that nothing was broken –  he’d suffered a nerve issue instead. But even at the post-fight press conference, Primus was clear about his own merit in the situation.

“I tried telling people that my leg kicks hurt him,” Primus said. “Just the first one hurt him. His leg was already messed up before he rolled his ankle. And everybody just didn’t believe me at all. But I knew that deep down. I could see it in his eyes. I literally saw the will – I just saw him break.

“As soon as that happened. I think he didn’t know what was going on either. He was worried, I think. Man, it was hard for me to – it’s just weird, man. I look at the belt right now, right by me. And I didn’t even want to put it on, because I just felt like everybody thought I didn’t deserve it.”

While both Bellator President Scott Coker and Chandler would go on to publicly address that a nerve issue had occurred, the ex-champ still treated it more like an accident than merit by Primus, and even questioned the validity of the new champ’s title.

“My ankle is something I’ve struggled with the last couple years,” Chandler told ESPN.com. “This was a freak thing, it blowing out. But ankle injuries are nothing new to me.”

For Primus, what happened was simply the result of kicks that he’d been hit with himself in training , and he knew they could cause the type of incapacitating effect. And the champ says that, as he landed, both men in that cage knew Chandler was in trouble.

“The kick is below the knee and above the ankle,” Primus said. “I’m aiming for that spot right there. And I kick him by the calf, and there’s a nerve that goes right there. I kicked that nerve and I swear, as soon as I kicked him, the change went from kill mode to worried.

“I could see it in his eyes. He was stalking me down until I threw that second kick.”

Even though he was hurt early, Chandler did bring some offense of his own when he sent Primus flying to the mat with a hard right hand. Primus, however, maintains he wasn’t fazed by the blow.

“I really think that was his last desperation punch,” Primus said. “Like, ‘Oh my God something’s wrong with my leg, I’m going to lose this fight if I don’t knock him out right now.’ But, at the same time, I was 100 percent there. The punch did not rock my brain at all.”

That’s not to say Primus wasn’t dealing with some type of adversity. More specifically, he says he headed into the cage with a separated rib and torn cartilage in his rib – which kept him from grappling, wrestling and sparring for three weeks. In fact, he says he couldn’t even do specific grappling drills in the locker room 10 minutes before the fight.

Between that and a child who will be born in six or seven weeks, Primus may need a little time. But once they’re both ready to go, he has no problem acquiescing to both Chandler’s and Coker’s wish for an immediate rematch.

“I’ll fight anybody they want me to fight,” Primus said. “I’ll fight Chandler, I’ll fight anybody. I’m 100 percent excited to defend my belt. I cannot wait.”

To hear Primus’ breakdown of the title-winning match, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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What did we get for our money at Bellator NYC, and would we spend it all over again?

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A double knockdown. A “legends” fight between two 40-year-olds. A title fight that ended with a floppy foot and a “Three Stooges” gag. A hype train derailed the instant it left the station.

This is just some of what we got for our $50 when Bellator returned to pay-per-view on Saturday night. Whether or not you think it was worth the money, you have to admit it was memorable. Weird might be the better term for it, but weird is a type of entertainment.

Considering what Bellator has to work with, it might be a type that the Viacom-owned promotion has to get used to. Of the six fights featured on the pay-per-view portion of Bellator NYC, two were legitimate title fights, two were nostalgia-based old-timers affairs, one was essentially a local shoutout to the Gracie clan, and one was a coming out party for a blue-chip recruit.

So how did it all work out?

The welterweight title fight between champion Douglas Lima and UFC import Lorenz Larkinwas “underwhelming,” according to the not inaccurate assessment of potential future Bellator welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald. The lightweight title scrap ended in a controversial upset victory for Brent Primus after a strange injury to Michael Chandler gave way to unintentional slapstick comedy.

The old-timers? Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko raced each other to the mat before Emelianenko once again lost his tenuous grip on consciousness, and then Chael Sonnen out-wrestled Wanderlei Silva before lapsing back into self-parody just in time for his post-fight interview.

That Gracie Jiu-Jitsu commercial? It went about like you’d expect, even if it was wedged bafflingly into the latter half of the broadcast to stifle momentum before the main event. The coming out party for Aaron Pico got spoiled by Zach Freeman, who reminded us that having experience matters more than having a Wikipedia page.

But when all was said and done, were you not entertained? Didn’t you feel like you came away with plenty to talk (and laugh and shake your head) at?

If the goal was to give us an event that we didn’t feel like we could miss, yet also one that didn’t feel like a weak knockoff of the UFC, it’s hard not to call this a success.

But coming out of Bellator NYC, it does feel like we’ve seen the glimpses of a workable strategy. Bellator has legitimate, relevant talents on its roster, but they don’t draw the masses. It also has fighters who were talented and relevant a decade ago, but who still put butts in seats, and the best of those realize that with less and less steak to sell, they need to focus more on the sizzle these days.

When combined with the inherent tendency toward the bizarre that exists in a sport like MMA, you have yourself a recipe for some memorable nights. You can get people talking, which is the first step to getting them interested. The appeal of a big Bellator event might never come with the exact same sales proposition as a UFC PPV, but that can be a feature instead of a bug.

What remains to be seen is whether or not it’s a viable way to make money over the long term. A few Bellator PPVs a year, when sprinkled with just the right blend of weirdness and seriousness? Sure, the hardcores will watch that. But are there enough hardcores buying enough events? Will we still want to see this plan in action a few years down the road, or does it only work as a bridge to something more traditional?

These are the questions Bellator is going to have to answer eventually. For now, all it has to ask itself is if we had enough fun – of one kind or another – to consider coming back for more.

And I admit it, I did. Even if I’m still not totally sure how or why.

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Scott Coker likes Primus vs. Chandler 2, Bader vs. 'King Mo' title fights after Bellator NYC

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Perhaps the greatest benefit to Bellator’s recent pay-per-view event was the fact it set up some notable matchups for the future.

Bellator NYC took place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 prelims on Spike and MMAjunkie.

Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) won the main event while Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) scored a big knockout victory in the co-headliner. Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) defended his welterweight strap while Brent Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) claimed gold.

Although the plans aren’t concrete, Bellator President Scott Coker has some ideas for future fights, and he discussed with MMAjunkie following the event.

One of the big questions after Bellator NYC was whether Michael Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA), who dropped the Bellator lightweight title with a first-round injury TKO loss to Primus, will get an immediate rematch for the gold.

The extent of the Chandler’s ankle injury is unknown, but as long as Chandler isn’t out for an extended period, Coker said the two-time titleholder will get a rematch.

“We’ll do (the rematch) as long as Chandler can do it,” Coker said. “If he has to get surgery and he’s out for a year or six months or eight months, we’ll have to wait, I guess.”

As for new light heavyweight champion Bader, Coker said he has options. A third fight between “Darth” and Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) after their first two fights ended in split decisions is not the most appealing, especially with other notable fighters available.

Bader was originally supposed to fight Muhammed Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) at Bellator 180, but “King Mo” suffered an injury and was replaced by Davis. Coker said he likes the original booking with Lawal, especially with Bader now the champ.

“Bader won, and we’ll see what happens,” Coker said. “‘King Mo’ comes to my mind right away (as his first challenger). For Phil, maybe he can fight Linton Vassell. We’ll find some fights for him.”

Another future title fight Coker expects is between 170-pound king Lima, who shut down promotional newcomer Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) over five rounds. “Phenom” has been the most successful welterweight in Bellator history, but his biggest test could come next with Rory MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA)

As far as Sonnen, who earned his first victory in nearly four years with a unanimous-decision win over Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in their long-awaited main-event grudge match, Coker said he doesn’t know exactly what’s next.

Sonnen mentioned potential fights with Fedor Emelianenko, Tito Ortiz and even Bader after Bellator NYC. Coker said it’s hard to go wrong when booking Sonnen, and regardless of the opponent, he expects one of his most sellable athletes to headline again.

“Chael’s got four of five great fights ahead of him,” Coker said. “We’ll find an opponent that will be another big blockbuster event like this. I think he could main event for us again.”

For complete coverage of “Bellator: NYC” and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator NYC post-event facts: Michael Chandler sets dubious title-fight record

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Chael Sonnen concluded his long journey back to the win column on Saturday when the three-time UFC title challenger was victorious against Wanderlei Silva in the Bellator NYC main event.

Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) capped off the organization’s return to pay-per-view with a unanimous-decision win over Silva (35-13-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at Madison Square Garden in New York, making for what was one of many notable results from the event.

Bellator NYC followed the Bellator 180 lineup, which aired on Spike (after early prelims on MMAjunkie). The nine televised fights provided much in the way in the post-fight fallout, and for more on the numbers, check out 35 post-event facts to come out of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180.

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General

Bellator at Madison Square Garden

Debuting fighters went 3-6 at Bellator NYC and Bellator 180.

Betting favorites went 5-3 on the card. There were no odds available for one fight.

Betting favorites improved to 8-3 in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the nine-bout Bellator NYC and Bellator 180 lineup was 1:33:36.

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Bellator NYC

Chael Sonnen

Sonnen snapped his two-fight losing skid for his first victory since August 2013. He earned just his second victory in his past six fights.

Sonnen earned his first decision victory since Jan. 28, 2012 – a span of 1,974 days (more than four years) and six fights.

Silva was unsuccessful in his return to competition after a more than four-year layoff. He hasn’t earned a victory since March 2013.

Silva has alternated wins and losses over his past seven fights.

Matt Mitrione

Matt Mitrione’s (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) three-fight Bellator winning streak in heavyweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Cheick Kongo (five).

Mitrione has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Mitrione has earned all three of his Bellator victories by knockout.

Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) fell to 2-1 since he returned from retirement in December 2015.

Fedor Emelianenko

Emelianenko had his five-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since July 2011.

Emelianenko has suffered all five of his career losses by stoppage.

Emelianenko suffered his first knockout loss since July 30, 2011 – a span of 2,156 days (nearly six years) and six fights

Brent Primus’ (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) six-fight Bellator winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Michael Chandler and Brent Primus

Primus has earned four of his six Bellator victories by stoppage.

Michael Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) lost the Bellator lightweight title for the second time.

Chandler fell to 5-4 in Bellator championship fights.

Chandler’s four Bellator title-fight losses are most in company history.

Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has earned six of his seven career stoppage victories by submission.

Zach Freeman

Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) was unsuccessful in his pro debut.

Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) earned his first successful Bellator welterweight title defense. He failed to defend in his previous reign.

Lima’s 10 victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with Andrey Koreshkov for most in divisional history.

Douglas Lima and Lorenz Larkin

Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) fell to 4-2 since he dropped to the welterweight division in January.

Larkin fell to 5-4 in his past nine fights.

Larkin has suffered five of his six career losses by decision.

Bellator 180

Ryan Bader

Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) improved to 8-1 in his past nine fights.

Bader improved to 2-0 in rematches.

Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Neiman Gracie (6-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has earned five of his six career victories by stoppage.

Dave Marfone (5-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) suffered the first submission loss of his career.

James Gallagher

James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has earned six of his seven career victories by stoppage.

Chinzo Machida (5-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) had his four-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2010.

Machida suffered his first submission loss since Apr. 29, 2006 – a span of 4,074 days (more than 11 years) and six fights.

Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), a pro boxing champion, was successful in her MMA debut.

For complete coverage of “Bellator: NYC” and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Brent Primus and Zach Freeman

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET with guests Brent Primus and Zach Freeman.

Primus is the new Bellator lightweight champion after defeating injured Michael Chandler at Bellator NYC on Saturday. Freeman scored a major upset over super prospect Aaron Pico at the same event.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Adding insult to injury: Hobbled Michael Chandler has stool pulled out from under him

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Saturday wasn’t a banner night for the New York State Athletic Commission. Just ask Michael Chandler.

Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) lost the Bellator lightweight title during Saturday’s Bellator NYC pay-per-view main card after rolling his ankle early in the fight, which allowed Brent Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) to attack his hobbled foe and ultimately force a first-round TKO stoppage (check out the highlights above).

However, the bout, which took place at iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, ended in confusion, boos and then a hobbled and flabbergasted Chandler.

The melee began when referee Todd Anderson called a timeout to have Chandler’s leg examined. Because of the obvious injury, it should have been an immediate stoppage rather than a timeout. As fans, Primus and other confused parties pointed out the commission’s initial error in not signaling the end of the fight, Chandler was soon on the mat again after a commission rep pulled out a stool from under the fighter (via Twitter):

Following the bizarre ending – and the commission’s slapstick handling of it – the fighters remained civil after the bout. Additionally, Chandler, who entered the fight as a massive 8-1 favorite, and Primus both talked up a potential rematch.

The extent of Chandler’s ankle/leg injury wasn’t immediately known.

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator NYC highlights: Look what happened to Michael Chandler's ankle against Brent Primus

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Michael Chandler is no longer the Bellator lightweight champion – thanks to Brent Primus and a bum ankle at Saturday’s Bellator NYC event.

The event aired on pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Midway through the first round, Chandler’s (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) injured leg/ankle forced officials – after some initial confusion – to halt his bout with Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA), who became the new 155-pound champion.

Check out the highlights above.

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson and Mike Bohn contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator NYC, Bellator 180 with Skynyrd and the Stones

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s Bellator NYC and Bellator 180 events in New York City went with as their backing tracks.

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Chael Sonnen def. Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Chael Sonnen: “Too Much Fun” by Daryle Singletary

Wanderlei Silva: “Sandstorm” by Darude

Neiman Gracie def. Dave Marfone via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:27

Neiman Gracie: “New York” by Ja Rule feat. Fat Joe & Jadakiss

Dave Marfone: “Desiigner (Remix)” by Timmy Turner feat. Kanye West

Matt Mitrione def. Fedor Emelianenko via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:14

Matt Mitrione: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Fedor Emelianenko: Russian song

Brent Primus def. Michael Chandler via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 2:22

Michael Chandler: “I Can’t Stop” by Jay-Z & Kanye West

Brent Primus: “Sail” by AWOLNATION

Zach Freeman def. Aaron Pico via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 0:24

Aaron Pico: “I am V.I.P.N” by V.I.P.N Beats

Douglas Lima def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)

Douglas Lima: “Tell The World” by Lecrae

Lorenz Larkin: “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46)

Ryan Bader: “Paint It, Black” by The Rolling Stones

Phil Davis: “With Everything (Tim Yagolnikov Remix)” by The White Album

James Gallagher def. Chinzo Machida via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:22

James Gallagher: “Small Town, Big Dream” by Mr. Mills

Chinzo Machida: “You’re the Best Around (Karate Kid soundtrack)” by Joe Esposito

Heather Hardy def. Alice Yauger via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:44

Heather Hardy: “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys

Alice Yauger: “Shook Ones Part II” by Mobb Deep

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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New Bellator lightweight champ Brent Primus believes he broke Michael Chandler's ankle

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Newly minted Bellator lightweight Brent Primus sees no accident in the ankle injury that ended Michael Chandler’s night at Bellator NYC.

“I kicked his leg, and I felt his bone, and I really believe I broke that,” Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) said after his first-round win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. “I had him injured, so to all you haters, awesome.”

Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) encountered plenty of disapproval as he celebrated his newly acquired title, which was awarded when cageside medical officials disallowed Chandler from continuing. He was immediately booed after taking the belt.

Even a reporter at the post-fight news conference went so far as to ask him how he felt about taking the title when he didn’t win the fight.

“Well, I injured him in the fight to stop the fight, so I feel like I won,” Primus countered. “But I’ve been practicing those low leg kicks for a while, and I’ve been kicking the crap out of my teammates.

“That low kick has really been injuring my training partners, and I’m sorry for all my training partners that I’ve been kicking the crap out of for the last few months. But that low kick is deadly, man, and it hurts people and I showed it tonight.”

The now-former champ had taken several leg kicks from Primus and appeared to be avoiding another one when his left ankle badly rolled and he was suddenly unable to put weight on his leg.

Chandler tried in vain to stay in the fight, even ordering Primus to kick it. Primus obliged, trying to chop Chandler’s legs out from under him.

“I think he knew he was hurt, so I think he was trying to tell me to kick him so it didn’t seem like he was hurt,” Primus said. “But I knew he was hurt; his leg kept buckling.

“I kick people two or three times with that low kick, and they ask me, please don’t kick me again without shin pads. It does the job.”

Although Primus is savoring his accomplishment, he is ready to grant Chandler a rematch. Bellator chief Scott Coker gave no timeline for when that might happen, as the extent of the former champ’s injuries are unknown.

When Chandler’s healed up, however, he no doubt plans to erase the memory of his pay-per-view debut at Madison Square Garden. Primus will look to remind him.

In the meantime, people are making sure the new champ doesn’t forget how he got the belt. But he is adamant he did nothing wrong.

“(The boos disappoint me) a little bit, but I know (Chandler is) the people’s champion,” Primus said. “He’s been Bellator’s poster boy for a long time. People don’t understand – a kick can end the fight just as well as a punch.”

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