Being a host at a bar crawl just a week ahead of your second MMA fight doesn’t sound like ideal preparation, but Aaron Chalmers isn’t your typical fighter.
Chalmers will make his second appearance in the BAMMA cage at BAMMA 31 when he fights Alex Thompson in welterweight action. The Geordie Shore star is coming off the back off an impressive debut at BAMMA 29 when he defeated Greg Jenkins with an Americana choke in the first round and on September 15 he’s looking to take his record to 2-0.
Seven days before the fight, Chalmers is being advertised as a host for Newcastle’s number one bar crawl, ‘Loosecrawl.‘
This doesn’t sound like the sort of activity that a fighter should be participating in one week ahead of fight night, but yesterday he offered some reassurances that it wouldn’t affect his preparation and that his appearance would only be very limited.
“I will literally go down there at twelve and leave at one,” Chalmers said.
“I won’t be drinking and I haven’t been drinking for like six weeks now.
No alcohol for me haha I should be sound
— Aaron Chalmers (@AaronCGShore) September 4, 2017
“It’s not as if I’m going on the bar crawl and getting smashed a week before the fight.
“This is work for me, people need to understand that. One hour on a single night is my work.
“Other people have to work nine till five everyday and then train after. I feel very lucky.”
If you still don’t believe that Chalmers is taking things seriously then you might want to think again.
The reality TV star is training twice a day, six times a week, under the guidance of some highly established fighters at UTC in Birmingham such as Leon and Fabian Edwards, Tom Breese and Yannick Bahati.
These aren’t the sort of guys to bother spending time on a guy that isn’t taking their fighting career seriously.
Bar crawl hosting or not, judge the man after the fight, not before it.