Reality TV personality turned mixed martial artist set for court date over contract

Aaron Chalmers formerly of Geordie Shore fame is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) the promotion who handed him his debut.

The two parties have been involved in the dispute since May and have reached an impasse the dispute is set to be resolved in court.

The 30-year-old embarked on a career inside the cage signing for BAMMA in 2017 and winning all three of his fights for the promotion with first-round stoppages.

Soon Bellator came knocking and Chalmers fought at their Bellator 200 defeating Ashley Griffiths by submission.

When he fought for Bellator is was widely-assumed BAMMA had released him to sign with the worldwide brand, but it now appears this was not the case, with the star claiming he never penned a deal but was told he would be released from his contract with BAMMA.

Chalmers explained: “I never signed with Bellator. BAMMA gave us a one-fight release, so I could fight on Bellator and afterward, they said they would release me which was part of the deal and it was never honoured. It’s unfortunate that it’s had to go to court.”

Since then Chalmers has been left unable to progress his career with BAMMA not interested in allowing the fighter to compete for them, yet are also not interested in terminating the unbeaten Geordie’s contract.

He also claims the legal dispute with BAMMA isn’t just affecting his MMA future but is also preventing him from pursuing other opportunities.

“It’s not just affecting my fighting, it’s affecting other things. I’ve had TV offers that I can’t sign for because it’s in court. I’ve got offers from a big boxing promotion to fight in Europe, in England that I can’t look at.

“Obviously, I’ve got an offer on the table from Bellator that I can’t sign. It’s just holding everything back. It’s unfortunate that it’s come to this because when I was with BAMMA we had a great relationship.”

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Mohit Pasricha

Mohit Pasricha

Solicitor at Mackrell Turner Garrett
Mohit is a solicitor and Head of Sports Law at Mackrell Turner Garrett, advising and representing clients within the sports sector by providing specialist advice on a wide range of commercial, corporate and intellectual property matters. His clients include clubs, commercial sponsors, sports agents, and individual sporting professionals.