On Friday night, UK celebrity turned MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers extended his professional record to 3-0, finishing Karl Donaldson just 40 seconds into the opening round at BAMMA 33 in his hometown of Newcastle, England.
Chalmers, who has starred in the popular UK reality TV show Geordie Shore, was caught with a left hand in the opening seconds but returned fire with a crushing right hook and follow-up punches to put Donaldson, an ex-boxer, on the mat. The 30-year-old followed up with ground-and-pound before referee Daniel Movahedi was forced to intervene and stop the fight.
After his third-straight finish under the BAMMA banner, Chalmers called out Bellator welterweight prospect Kevin Baby Slice Ferguson Jr., who is the son of the late Kimbo Slice.
“Everything falls hand in hand,” Chalmers said in the post-fight interview (h/t Jim Edwards of MMANYTT). “He’s had three fights, I’ve had three and I think it’s a good matchup. If it’s a dangerous matchup it’s a dangerous matchup, but I think it fits both fighters.
“We can both stand and fight and I think it would be a helluva fight for the fans. Bellator fans and BAMMA fans. Yeah, I’m more than happy to take that fight.”
Ferguson, 25, was submitted in his 2016 pro mixed martial arts debut but rebounded with two-straight wins over DJ Griffin and Fred Freeman.
Chalmers suggested a high-profile bout with Ferguson Jr. on a Bellator vs. BAMMA card. Bellator and BAMMA co-promoted Friday evening’s event in Newcastle.
“It’s a mixed card at the minute so why not a Bellator vs BAMMA or it could be anything,” he said. “Like I said, that’s the fight I want, but it’s not up to me. If it comes my way I will happily take it.”
Chalmers, who currently trains out of UTC in Birmingham, England, electrified the crowd at BAMMA 33 and, despite facing early criticism for pursuing a career in combat sports, looks to be steadily improving as a fighter and continues to prove the critics wrong.