(This story first appeared in today’s USA TODAY print edition.)
Bellator officials told USA TODAY Sports that Primus vs. Chandler 2 will headline a newly announced “Salute the Troops” event held in conjunction with the USO on Dec. 14 at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The live event, which precedes the following night’s “Bellator 213: MacFarlane vs. Letourneau” card at the same venue, will be free for troops of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as their friends and families.
“The USO is an historic military support organization – not just in entertainment but in connecting them back to the things they love and fight for,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “It made perfect sense for Bellator to establish a relationship with the USO and provide a unique opportunity to Hawaii’s military population. We appreciate their service to the nation, and we hope this is just the first of many opportunities for us to work together.”
Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Chandler (18-4 MMA, 15-4 BMMA) first met in June 2017 at Bellator NYC, where Primus took home a first-round TKO win after a leg injury left Chandler unable to continue. Chandler has been calling for a rematch ever since, but Primus injuries have prevented the booking until now.
Chandler has posted wins over Goiti Yamauchi and Brandon Girtz since he lost the title and now hopes to claim back the belt he’s previously held in two separate runs.
“Bellator and USO Present: Salute the Troops,” which marks the promotion’s first event in Hawaii, airs on Paramount and simultaneously streams on DAZN. (Although Bellator won’t call it such, the event effectively is Bellator 212 from a sequential numbering standpoint.)
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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