How Aaron Chalmers has proved the doubters wrong
Aaron Chalmers has nothing to prove to fight fans, in fact; he never did in the first place.
He entered the sport after rising to fame on MTV UK reality television show, Geordie Shore. He was very popular as a result of the show and that came with a lot of backlash when he announced he was going to compete in MMA as a pro.
Unbeknownst to many, Chalmers had dabbled in martial arts training prior to his newfound TV stardom and his move over to MMA was more of a natural progression than a cheap money grab.
Given his fame, there were plenty of eyes on Chalmers when making his debut in BAMMA, and more so than any other pro debut. Many questioned him at the start, myself included, however, he backed everything up. After seeing Chalmers compete and continue to stay active it was clear he was in this for the long haul.
Upon meeting him prior to the Browning fight, he was a great character and joy to speak with. You could tell his love and dedication for the sport was real. It was in K-Star Legacy gym that I met him. He explained how he wasn’t partying or touching drink at the time, he was training hard and you could tell. He was in great spirits and was enjoying the life of a fighter.
Prior to that fight he was after finishing his opening 4 bouts. He looked impressive and clinical in each one. Going from zero experience, not even as an amateur, to pro was a big step.
Each of the people he stepped in with in those opening 4 bouts had experience at some sort of level, they knew what it was like to get in a cage or ring, fight in front of a crowd and those bright lights. Chalmers took the risk and stepped in, something that is commendable in it’s own right.
The Browning fight the hardest test for him, a real step up in competition against a solid fighter. It was expected to be difficult which it was. The result went against Chalmers after being submitted early in the third. A lesson was learned from that loss but it was a top performance by both men. “The Joker” didn’t hang around and was quick to get back to action. 4 months is all it took him to get back in the cage in hope of getting back in the win column.
A true fighters mindset was shown here and he pulled off the result, finishing Fred Freeman early in the second. Now he’s back again against another tough American in Austin Clem. His name change to Aaron O’Chalmers on Twitter has won over some Irish fans as well as the mention of “Ruaile Buaile” for his walkout song.
If you go through this, consistency and dedication has been evident for Chalmers. He’s tested himself against some solid fighters and is continuing to pursue more fighters. Many doubters didn’t think he’d be around for many fights, other believed he may not bounce back from his loss. His move to the sport was to fight real opponents, not other TV personalities or YouTubers.
At the end of the day we forget these people are human and if the passion is there and the ability to promote the sport is there. Then why give them backlash when they are putting their body through a hell of a lot just for us to tune in and watch.
Chalmers is now entering his 7th bout with no sign of him hitting the breaks anytime soon, it’s fair to say he’s proved quite a lot of doubters wrong and has earned a lot people’s respect as a fighter.