AARON CHALMERS was all smiles forward of his BAMMA 33 combat with Karl Donaldson – regardless of having to strip off for the scales in freezing Newcastle.
The fact TV and British MMA star fights on a hometown present on Friday night time, in search of one other KO win that might propel him into some high-profile clashes in 2018.
Chalmers needs a combat with UFC flop and WWE hero CM Punk – however there’s uncertainty over his contract state of affairs and future – or Child Slice, the son of bare-knuckle legend Kimbo.
Talking about Punk, the Toon hero mentioned: “Apparently he’s nonetheless contracted to UFC.
“It’ll be fascinating to see if he has one other combat early within the 12 months. If he doesn’t, I feel Bellator is likely to be seeking to signal him. I might love to do this combat later within the 12 months.
“Child Slice – Kimbo Slice’s son – I feel can be a hellish combat. He’s had three fights and I will have had three. We’re each fairly new to the sport this 12 months so it is one other combat that might make sense.”
Opponent Donaldson, 36, is a heavy-goods driver in South London by commerce and is making a large step up.
The veteran brawler accepted the combat on brief discover with out realising it might be on TV for hundreds of thousands of individuals to see – or figuring out how little he can be paid.
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He mentioned: “After I was requested to combat I wasn’t instructed it might be on TV!
“It is clearly higher. I am glad it may be broadcast, however as to our finish of the deal, it is c**p.
“The deal I’ve now’s 100 per cent garbage. You’d be shocked at it. If I instructed you, you’d be in tears!
“I’m going to attempt to get more cash however I don’t need to lose the chance.
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“Here’s the thing: I’ve had about four fights in the last five months – one was a stoppage and one was a knockout – but I was tired of knocking people out so in the last few fights I was working on my defence, not trying to knock the guy out.
“But they’ve seen that and were looking for someone who couldn’t punch so hard. And in those fights I wasn’t hitting hard.
“They’re judging me based on that. They don’t know I can hit so hard.
“I’m an aggressive fighter and I’m tough and I’m strong, so I’m going to go in there and let bombs off.
“I’m 100 per cent going to shock him.”
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BAMMA 33: Scope Vs. Lebout will broadcast LIVE and FREE on ITV4 on Friday 15th December from 9.30pm