|Born||April 12, 1985|
Eugene, Oregon, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||73 in (190 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-JitsuBlack belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Primus attended Sheldon High School, where he played soccer and helped the team tie South Eugene High School for the co-state title. He later began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, earning his black belt in only six years.
Mixed martial arts career
Primus compiled an amateur record of 5-1 before making his professional debut in September 2010, defeating Chris Ensley via first-round submission. In his second pro bout, Primus defeated Roy Bradshaw via submission in the first round on May 12, 2012.
Primus signed with Bellator in 2013. He made his debut for the organization on September 27, 2013 at Bellator 101 against Scott Thometz. Primus won via rear-naked choke submission at 3:48 in the first round, improving his record to 3–0.
In his next bout, Primus faced Chris Jones at Bellator 111 on March 7, 2014. Primus won via TKO in the first round, which marked the first time Primus had finished an opponent that was not by rear-naked choke.
Primus next faced Gleristone Santos at Bellator 153 on April 22, 2016. He won the fight by split decision.
Bellator Lightweight World Champion
With an undefeated streak of five wins in Bellator, Primus faced Bellator Lightweight champion Michael Chandler at Bellator NYC on June 24, 2017. At 2:22 in the first round, the bout was temporarily halted by the referee to check on Chandler, whose left ankle was visibly injured. The bout was stopped in favor of Primus via TKO, awarding him the Bellator Lightweight World Championship and pulling off one of the biggest upsets in Bellator history.
Primus was expected to make his first title defense against Chandler in a rematch at Bellator 197 on April 13, 2018. However, he pulled out of the fight due to a knee injury. As a result, Brandon Girtz stepped in as a replacement.
The rematch between Primus and Chandler finally took place in the main event of Bellator 212 on December 14, 2018. Primus was out-wrestled for the better part of the fight, and despite landing similar leg kicks to those that stopped Chandler in their first fight and dropping Chandler with a punch in the second round, Primus was defeated by Chandler via unanimous decision.
Championships and awards
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|10 matches||9 wins||1 loss|
|Win||9–1||Tim Wilde||Submission (gogoplata)||Bellator: Birmingham||May 4, 2019||1||1:20||Birmingham, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||8–1||Michael Chandler||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 212||December 14, 2018||5||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Lost the Bellator Lightweight World Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Michael Chandler||TKO (leg injury)||Bellator NYC||June 24, 2017||1||2:22||New York City, New York, United States||Won the Bellator Lightweight World Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Gleristone Santos||Decision (split)||Bellator 153||April 22, 2016||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||6–0||Derek Anderson||Decision (split)||Bellator 141||August 28, 2015||3||5:00||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Chris Jones||TKO (punches)||Bellator 111||March 7, 2014||1||1:45||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||4–0||Brett Glass||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 109||November 22, 2013||1||3:20||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||3–0||Scott Thometz||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 101||September 27, 2013||1||3:48||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||2–0||Roy Bradshaw||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Midtown Productions: Midtown Throwdown 4||May 12, 2012||1||1:42||Eugene, Oregon, United States|
|Win||1–0||Chris Ensley||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BKP: Springfield Throwdown 1||September 24, 2010||1||1:05||Springfield, Oregon, United States|
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