On Friday, August 28th, Brent Primus (5-0), will face Derek Anderson (12-1) at Bellator 141 – Guillard vs. Girtz, in a fight that is sure to be exciting from the start and most likely to end in a finish well before the final bell rings. Anderson is a flashy striker who likes to press the action and Primus possesses excellent jiu-jitsu and very heavy hands. I recently had a chance to talk to Primus about his career and the upcoming fight.
CW– If I were handicapping this fight and had to put together a pro and con list for each fighter, I would definitely give you the advantage on the ground but I would have to give Anderson an edge in the standup.
BP– Yeah for sure, with some of the stats from some of the fights, I can see that. I 100% feel my ground game is superior. He better hope I don’t get him on the ground. I feel like my striking is just as good as his. I’ve been training with some of the top guys in the world in and out of my weight division. As an amateur I was knocking everybody out but since I got my black belt I’ve been being more technical and taking guys to the ground, but I feel like nobody has seen my potential and what I can really do. I’m anxious to show it in this fight. I feel like my standup is just as deadly as my ground game.
CW– I don’t see this fight going the distance. Both of you guys like to move forward and use a lot of pressure.
BP– I’m going to use his aggression to my advantage. I like to counter fight and counterstrike. He does like to pressure and come forward and I may use that to my advantage here. Like I said, when I was amateur, four of my fights were knock outs in less than 30 seconds, with my right hand. He doesn’t want to get hit by me. Ya know, I don’t want to get hit by him, but I feel like I can put him to bed with my right hand. I’m definitely confident in my striking and I can’t wait to show how well rounded I am.
CW– You don’t train at one of the really well known gyms but there are a lot of good guys at your home gym and they’re all right around your weight division.
BP– I train with Bam Bam Healy, and Ryan Healy, Rick Story, Mike Pierce, those are all guys at my gym. I got a great opportunity to train at the BMF Ranch with Cowboy Cerrone and Paul Felder and I’m going to go back and train some more with those guys soon.
CW– How was that?
BP– Not only are those guys badass fighters but they’re some the coolest, humblest guys. Just the coolest guys you could meet. It’s been the highlight of my career so far, to get to train with those guys.
CW– When Anderson fought Marcin Held, it seemed like he stayed on the ground longer than he needed to, to try and make a point about being able hang with a high level jiu-jitsu guy. Do you anticipate him trying that with you?
BP– That would be his worst mistake. I got to tell you, I love watching Marcin Held fight. His jiu-jitsu is beautiful. I love watching it, but I feel like mine is superior and its a little more technical. Anderson better not go to the ground with me. If he does, cheers man for trying, but it’s going to be a short night.
CW—Tell us a little about you jiu-jitsu background and training.
BP– On yeah, yeah. When I first started you know, I owned my own landscaping business. I went into the gym and I didn’t really know anything about jiu-jitsu. I got out on the mat and these guys that were smaller than me were throwing their legs over my head and submitting me and I was thinking, “What the hell is this?” I couldn’t believe guys smaller than me were tapping me out, and I was like, “OK.” I sold my landscaping business; I sold everything and basically lived at the gym. I competed in every single tournament and I could. I got my black belt under Wellington “Megaton” Diaz (Royler Gracie Jiu Jitsu Association), in Phoenix Arizona in like six years.
I won the American nationals, US open, Vegas open, Oregon open, in weight class and open weight. I feel that my ground game is superior to most guys in the cage. Most people have submission wrestling not really Brazilian jiu-jitsu, technical jiu-jitsu. To me the whole point of jiu-jitsu is to get to the back. Me, that’s my goal, to get to the back. I feel like there’s nothing they can do to me and I’m thinking, “Get to the back, get the submission.” I got a bunch chokes, good arm bars, leg locks. I’m very confident in my ground game.
Like I said, I feel like most guys have a submission wrestling not technical, methodical, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s a chess game. Ben Baxter and Glenn Clark are my BJJ coaches now. They’re the best guys in Oregon and I just feel so blessed for everything they’ve taught me.
CW– Tell me about that up kick you got caught with during the Jones fight.
BP– Yeah, it was kind of a weird thing. Once I got him to the ground, I was thinking, submission, submission, submission. You know, I knew my ground game was better than his, but as soon as that kick hit me I just saw red. I just started think, I’m going to knock this mo-fo out. At that point, I didn’t want to submit him anymore I just wanted to punch him as hard as I could and that’s what happened. Yeah, he landed that kick and I said screw submissions I’m knocking this dude out.
It kind of woke me up a little bit for sure. It was a great learning experience. It caught me off guard, I know for now when I’m on somebody and I’m passing the guard always lookout for that up kick. You can’t really train for that in the gym. No one is really up kicking in training; your training partner doesn’t want to hurt you. It definitely was an eye-opener and I feel blessed that happened to me. I didn’t feel like it rang my bell when it happened but when I watched it on TV later, yeah, it looked like it hurt me. But during the fight I was there the whole time and I was thinking and thinking, I heard my BJJ coach in the corner screaming, “Put your knee on the ground. Put your knee on the ground.” But I was thinking, “What? No way man,” because I like to be on my feet I think I’m way faster and more mobile on my guard passes because I think that’s one of my strong suits. I can pass anybody’s guard.
CW– You seem like one of the stronger guys at 155, in any promotion.
BP– I’d literally train my butt off. I train five times a day. A lot of people say I over train I do 500 push-ups every morning and I don’t even leave my house until I do my 250 pull-ups, everyday. I feel like I’m strong. I feel like I’m stronger than most 155ers.
CW—Derek Anderson has an impressive record. He represents a big step up in competition for you.
BP—For sure. I’m excited they give me a tough opponent. He has beaten some of the best guys in Bellator, in the 155 division. You know what? I’m just so happy they gave me the game opponent so I can prove what I can do on August 28th.
CW—Any final words for people who may not know who Brent Primus is?
BP– Look out for me. If you don’t know me now, you’ll know me soon. I know I’m going to be the champ someday; it’s just a matter of time. I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me but I’m really excited about it.
CW—Thanks for your time Brent.
BP— Thank you man.
Brent Primus is only five fights into his pro career and is so far unranked, but he has been impressive in that short period of time. A win against Derek Anderson would put him on the radar of many inside the MMA world and boost him into the world rankings. If you want to be ahead of the curve on up and coming MMA fighters you should be watching Friday night, Primus seems like he is going to be around for a while and spend most of that time near the top.
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Exclusive: Jalin Turner vs Noah Tillis set for Bellator LA in January
Bellator LA: Douglas Lima vs Rory MacDonald, has just had another entertaining fight added as two talented prospects Jalin Turner and Noah Tillis are set to meet in a lightweight bout. Sources close to the fight confirmed the news to MMA Latest earlier this morning.
Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner makes his return to the Bellator cage for the first time since January 2017, where he defeated Gabriel Green by knockout, in an exciting fight that only lasted 36 seconds. Since the fight, Turner has gone 2-1 where he defeated Paradise Vaovasa by KO, at Tachi PF 31, before dropping his next fight to Richard LeRoy by TKO, at CFX 8. Turner bounced back from the loss by beating Vytautas Sadauskas by submission, at KOTC: Never Quit, back in September.
Noah Tillis is currently coming off of a 9-second submission victory against Jeff Carson, at Gladiator Challenge: American Pride, back in July. The “Submission Magician” has amassed a professional record of 3-2 with three victories coming by submission, DQ, and a TKO due to injury. His two losses coming by way of TKO and decision.
It is unclear where the fight will be featured, but it is assumed it will take place on the undercard. The potential brawl represents a stiff challenge for either man, as well as an opportunity to make some noise in an always deep lightweight division.
The only other fight currently announced on the card is the main event between current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima and former UFC title challenger, Rory MacDonald. Bellator LA: Lima vs MacDonald is set to take place on Saturday, January 20th, in Los Angeles, Calfornia, at the Forum.
Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor wants to knockout Trey Branch then fight Brian Moore in Bellator on St. Patricks Day
Going from postlim fights in Bellator to a co-main event and then a main card fight after with such little professional experience isn’t something you’d hear of very often in the slightest. In this case Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor is the exception, who in only his third professional fight went to Ireland as part of the co-main event for a fight with James Gallagher. Taylor became well known to many in the build-up to that fight for being so outspoken and quite an entertainer, something he carries with him to the cage.
Anthony Taylor now has himself a fight lined up in a regional show near his home in California at California Fighting Championships. This will be his first time fighting back in America since May 2016. His last two bouts were in Europe as part of Bellator’s expansion into Europe. Following two losses he now hopes to get back in the win column in front of a home crowd. Taking this fight as a tune off fight Anthony is confident he won’t be touched by his opponent Trey Branch.
“Well, I’m taking this fight because Bellator said I’ll be fighting next year for overseas and it will be a good tune off fight for me. I think of trey like any other fighter. Just a guy who’s not going to touch me nor beat me.”
His opponent Trey Branch is jumping up from flyweight for this fight, Anthony believes he’s going to dominate his opponent and knock him out with ease. Now having 3 career losses coming via submission, he is not worried about his ground game, guaranteeing it was improved from training with some of the top fighters in Bellator.
“I believe I’m going to overpower him and KO him. He’s coming up from 125lb to fight me which I stated to the world on Bellator that I’m the strongest 45er in the world!! And as far as my ground game, it’d be covered and it’s great. Thanks to AJ McKee, Baby Slice, Joey Davis and Aaron Pico. My ground game is great and up there to the level, as there’s”
Looking ahead to next year when he competes in Bellator again, Taylor has his eyes set on a big fight in a return to Irish soil.
“Well Bellator loves me and I proved them that I belong there. I haven’t been told when I was fighting but I hope it’s back in Ireland, and maybe on St. Patricks day and hopefully I’ll fight Brian Moore because me and him been wanting to fight the longest.”
As a training partner for AJ McKee, Taylor was very pleased with how the fight went down, claiming it was a simple enough fight for his teammate that apparently didn’t train much for the fight. Suffering a loss on the initial trip to the emerald isle, “PrettyBoy” wants to come back and take home a win next time around.
“Oh man it was an easy fight for AJ, he only trained 2 weeks for that Brian Moore fight” he laughs “but absolutely it would be a great show if I was also on the show me and James alone still holds the record of views internationally and I’m looking to come back and taking what’s mines which is that W”
The win against Brian Moore could now potentially line up a fight between McKee and James Gallagher, fight fans have long sought after. Having fought against James and training with McKee on the regular Taylor isn’t convinced that Gallagher is ready for the AJ just yet. He also had some words about SBG fighters who were calling out Baby Slice.
“James is not ready for AJ. And people calling out slice since he’s new in the game. Why are sbg guys not calling out Joey Davis?? They are all talk and think that they’re better than everyone.”
With a win on Saturday, Anthony Taylor thinks it will kick him off to a series of consecutive wins that could ultimately land him in a fight with Emmanuel Sanchez.
“Yes it will start off (Saturday) and I believe it will set me up tremendously. I’m only getting better and I plan on winning fights in Bellator and then taking out Emanuel Sanchez. I do not like him, I hate him”
“I don’t like his style and he’s always hating on my teammates so I want his head” he added
Away from the fight scene, Anthony is pleased with the life that he’s got set up for himself with his newfound love since joining Bellator as he now aims to break into the movie industry too.
“Man it’s been great I now have a wonderful woman in my life so I’m happy. I’m acting too, trying to get into the movies industry and God has blessed me which so much love”
You can follow Anthony Taylor on all his social media accounts to keep an eye out for all his upcoming fight information and results.
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