Coker indicated the ex-lightweight champ is likely first in line to face champ Primus after their bizarre meeting in June.
“We’ve been waiting for Chandler to fight Primus again,” Coker told MMAjunkie after this past Saturday’s Bellator 183 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) suffered a freak ankle injury and ceded the belt at Bellator 180. He anticipated a rematch with Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) after he healed up. As it turned out, the injury didn’t turn out to be as severe as it looked.
So what’s the holdup? According to Coker, it isn’t the ex-champ, but the current one.
“(Primus’) wife is having a baby, and we’re very respectful of that,” Coker said. “We’re waiting for him, and when he’s ready to re-engage, I think Chandler should be the first one.”
Freire (18-8 MMA, 11-7 BMMA), of course, disagrees. After adding an ex-UFC champ to his list of wins this past Saturday, he accused Primus of ducking previous bookings and said he should get a title shot.
To his delight, Primus agreed.
“@PatrickyPitbull congrats on the fight tonight man! You say I ran from you twice? I’ve signed the only contact I got to fight you. #ready,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Thanks! I have to promote the fight,” Freire replied. “Let’s do this! Good luck with your baby.”
Chandler was none too happy about the turn of events, sliding into the conversation to mock the two.
“You two can fight it out for title of ‘never heard of that guy’ and ‘chokes under pressure,’” he wrote.
Predictably, Freire was not amused.
“You were lucky last time,” he replied. “I can’t wait to shut your big mouth. I’ll deliver the beating of a lifetime before knocking you out.”
Freire then challenged Chandler to a fight – 11 days away at Bellator 184.
Bellator’s lightweight division is such that the trio will probably all end up fighting each other again at some point – the only question is in what order. But from the looks of it, that is already set.
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