Aaron Chalmers: From MTV to Bellator Cage
More often than not, when someone comes into MMA from another background, its normally another sport, but will have some sort of combat experience whether it be wrestling, BJJ or striking of some sort. This was not the case with Newcastle-Upon-Tyne born Aaron Chalmers.
Chalmers is best known for being a member of the cast on MTV’s drinking culture show Geordie Shore, based in Chalmers home region of Newcastle. His subsequent retiring from the show and looking to form a career in MMA caught many off guards and was met with derision from some corners of the sport.
It was announced that Chalmers would be going straight into professional MMA and would make his debut on the BAMMA main card, an announcement which at the time was met with BAMMA’s announcement that they would be showing their main card live on UK Freeview channel, Dave. This was seen by many as a publicity stunt, a way of trying to grow the MMA fanbase by looking at a demographic that might not necessarily watch the sport, jumping on Geordie Shore’s substantial fanbase looked to be the way they were going.
We had seen something similar in the UFC, counting on the undoubted popularity of CM Punk, and trying to convert more pro wrestling fans to watch a less scripted form of violence, an experiment as far as Punk’s career has gone could be argued didn’t work. Would the same happen with the former MTV star?
A lot was made of the fact Chalmers jumped straight into the pro ranks instead of an amateur route like a vast majority of MMA practitioners. But a good base at UTC gym in Birmingham, England, training alongside a mainstay in British MMA in the shape of Fabian Edwards, could stand the now 31-year-old fighter in good stead.
Chalmers would make his debut on May 12th, 2017 against Greg Jenkins, who was also making his professional debut and would shock many people by securing a first-round submission win. It looked to many that he had the building blocks to form a half decent career within BAMMA. However, it was evident that there was still a lot of work to be done, if he was ever going to be classed as an MMA fighter, instead of his current moniker of “former Geordie Shore personality turned MMA fighter’. His next fight and the subsequent result could be huge.
His next two fights, and ultimately his last two inside the BAMMA cage, would finish quickly. A 30 second KO victory over Alex Thompson, and 43 second TKO win over Karl Donaldson, would take the Geordie fighter to 3-0. The title of publicity stunt would not be shaken, as all three of Chalmers opponents so far had been making their professional debuts and had less than stellar amateur careers. Causing a lot of people to ask whether Chalmers was being ‘fed’ opponents to grow his stature within the sport.
This continued questioning of Chalmers career thus far would lead to him looking for a more career defining fight, cue his post-fight interview after the quick Donaldson fight, leading to a call out of Kevin ‘Baby Slice’ Ferguson Jr, which would have brought him to the forefront of Bellator match maker’s minds. It was a move that would soon move Aaron into worldwide thinking.
Chalmers would make his Bellator debut on May 25th, 2018, just over a year since his MMA debut, in a submission victory over 4-6 fighter Ash Griffiths in just under two minutes. A win over a fighter with at least some professional fights under his belt seemed to cut short the opinion Chalmers was being fed ‘green’ fighters to increase his win tally. This brings us up to the present.
Bellator have announced a card in Chalmers hometown of Newcastle, England on February 9th. However, at the time of writing there has been no confirmed (via Bellator) opponent for the 4-0 fighter, even to the point on social media over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of December the MMA promotion was asking fans who they would like to see Chalmers face.
However, according to Chalmers himself he is fighting Corey Browning but this is yet to be confirmed by Bellator. A bout against Browning is a major step up in competition for Chalmers and considering he is listed as co-main event, it is arguably a fitting match in the circumstance.
Continued success and tough opposition could lead to Chalmers becoming more of a household MMA name for being a fighter instead of a reality TV star. The next few fights made for Chalmers could make or break his career, and it will be interesting to see who he faces in his next few fights following the Browning fight