Bellator MMA's next event in the European Fight Series on Saturday, May 4 at Resorts World Arena.

The event will be headlined by an exciting lightweight bout between former Bellator world champion Brent Primus (8-1) and Tim “The Experiment” Wilde (12-3) and will be the second instalment of six scheduled Bellator European Fight Series events set to take place throughout the UK and Europe in 2019. 

Wilde (12-3), who fights out of Cannock, will make his Bellator debut on the night and will be looking to put on a show in front of an expectant Birmingham crowd. Wilde, who joins Bellator MMA from Golden Ticket Fight Promotions, is currently enjoying a three-fight win streak and will be looking to make that four on the bounce when he steps into the Bellator cage for the first time. The former BAMMA and Cage Warriors veteran, known for his explosive striking style, has six knockout victories to his name during his career.

Ahead of the fight, Wilde talks about his training, preparation and excitement to be fighting in his home city:

A year out of the Cage, how hard has it been to stay focused?

It hasn’t been difficult at all really. I am super motivated, super focused – I always have been. These past three to four years I’ve been giving it my all. The results of that have been coming through. Being inactive is more frustrating but doesn’t stop my focus – I’m still training every day.

How does it feel to be fighting in your backyard in May?

It’s definitely an added incentive! I’m going to have a huge crowd at Resorts World Arena which I’m super excited about. I couldn’t ask for more, May 4th is going to be a fantastic night for me.

Will it be an advantage having the majority of the crowd behind you?

Of course. I am lucky enough to always take a big following wherever I fight. Even when I went to Ireland, 50 people came to watch me fight - I always get great support. Having thousands of people behind me at Resorts World Arena will be really uplifting and give me that extra 1%.

How does Bellator differ from other organisations you’ve represented?

The great thing about Bellator is that they have a global audience, so you’ve got so many more eyes on you which adds extra excitement to any fight. They’ve been working really hard over these past 12-18 months to get into the European market – there’s definitely room for it.

How was it to be a spectator at Newcastle Arena?

It was fantastic, my partner and I were lucky enough to go as VIP guests. I had friends and guys I’ve trained with taking part, so I was nervous for them, but it was really exciting to see and put me in good stead for May 4th.

Does your training change dependent on who you’re fighting?

I’m training every day to develop myself – work on my weaker areas, tick over my strong areas, add stuff to my game, I’ve been doing that constantly for the last year. You do tailor your training to the individual, but I try not to focus on worrying about what they’re going to do. I want them to worry about what I’m going to do, so I make myself the best I can be!

How does it feel to be the main event with someone like Brent Primus?

There’s no denying that Primus is my toughest opponent to date, but to be the best in the world so I need to beat him. I strive for that higher-level opponent and I’ll rise to the occasion. He’s in for a long night on May 4th!

What’s next for you?

I’d like to get out to the States. I’ve got my working visa and I’d like to fight again – once as a minimum but ideally twice this year. One of those in the states. I’ve got my eyes on the prize – my screensaver is the bellator world title.

Give us your prediction for 4th May. Round and stoppage method.

It’s not going to be easy but my prediction is I will finish him in 3rd round and it will be explosive. That’s all I’ll say!


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