Aaron Chalmers

Aaron Chalmers has court date for BAMMA dispute, Bellator career on hold

Undefeated professional mixed martial artist Aaron Chalmers (4-0) will have to settle a dispute in court with British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) before he returns to Bellator MMA.

Chalmers, who defeated Ashley Griffiths by way of submission at Bellator 200, apparently was not released from his BAMMA contract when he competed on the May 2018 Bellator card earlier this year.

“I was told I was going to be released from my BAMMA contract after the fight with Bellator, that didn’t happen. It’s a load of stuff that is now affecting the fighting because it’s a legal case that I can’t fight.

“So, BAMMA said they don’t want us to fight for them again, I won’t fight for them again after what’s happened, so it would just make sense to terminate the contract but for some reason they’re not releasing us.”

Chalmers was a star on the United Kingdom’s version of the Jersey Shore, called “Geordie Shore” before he turned to MMA.  He competed three times for BAMMA before headed to Bellator.

Chalmers explained: “I never signed with Bellator. BAMMA gave us a one-fight release, so I could fight on Bellator and afterwards they said they would release us which was part of the deal and it never got stuck to. It’s unfortunate that it’s had to go to court.

“Apparently there were some things that were said, apparently I wasn’t making a difference when it come to the fighting, ticket sales. But my last fight in my hometown was 6,500 people, their last show was 300 people so there’s a bit of a difference there.”