Since his last fight in March of 2014, Bellator lightweight Brent Primus has had a series of setbacks and delays that have kept him on the shelf for over a year.
“I had a little injury that kept me out for about two months, and then my manager and I had been told that I’d be fighting on the next show, and then the next show, and we kept on hearing that to where I had like five fight camps,” Primus told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m very well prepared now and ready to fight.”
If there’s a silver lining to Primus’ time off, it’s that he’s had a chance to train with top fighters at the BMF Ranch and Greg Jackson’s gym.
“It’s helped my confidence so much knowing I can hang with those guys,” said Primus. “They are some of the best fighters in the world. It’s helped me out so much just seeing how they train, knowing how they think, and see how they prepare for fights.
“I’ve learned so much. My ground game and striking have improved 100 percent. I know I haven’t shown my full potential in the cage, so I’m excited to show everything and how well-rounded I am.”
Primus (5-0) will finally return to action on Friday in Temecula, Calif., against veteran Derek Anderson (12-1) in a feature 155-pound bout.
“Derek is a tough opponent and I think (beating him would) put me up in the rankings of Bellator,” said Primus. “I know 100 percent that if I go out there and fight to my potential and fight to my game plan, I really do not think he’ll last past the first round. I feel like I can knock out this guy just as well as I could submit him.”
As Primus stated, a win over a more experienced fighter in Anderson could very well be the thing that helps him climb the ladder in Bellator’s lightweight division.
“Especially since Derek has beaten some of the best guys in Bellator, I feel like he’s a big name, it will put me in the talk to be up there,” said Primus. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. I wanted a top guy to fight. It’s a really good match-up for me and I’m going to prove it.”