Aaron Chalmers: I feel part of an MMA family since I moved to Birmingham, we are all treated the same and they never cared about Geordie Shore 

NOW I'VE moved from Newcastle to Birmingham for training purposes – I really feel like I am part of a family.

We all help each other with training and not one person is bigger than the other in here – we're all treated the same.

 Aaron Chalmers moved from Newcastle to Birmingham to train

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Aaron Chalmers moved from Newcastle to Birmingham to train

I think people assume I’m some kind of arrogant f****ing w*****, but I’m not.

When I come into the gym and someone asks us to hold the pads, I’m not better than anyone else, if they want pads holding of course I’ll do it.

I’ll always try and help people too, I’m new to the sport but I’m working with a good boxing coach, so if I can show people the things I’m being taught, then that’s what we do.

On a Monday morning, me and Fabian Edwards might think we’re going to do a bit more work, or we'll ask if there’s anything we need to go over.

 Bellator MMA fighter Fabian Edwards trains alongside Aaron Chalmers

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Bellator MMA fighter Fabian Edwards trains alongside Aaron Chalmers
 SunSport reporter Jack Figg holds the pads for Aaron Chalmers at his Birmingham gym

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SunSport reporter Jack Figg holds the pads for Aaron Chalmers at his Birmingham gym

This is a team, since I’ve come here I feel more accepted, we’re all out here trying to do the same thing – be the best fighters that we can be.

If that means staying back after training and helping people, then that’s what we do.

When I first came here, UFC welterweight Leon Edwards put me in sparring with an unbelievable striker.

In this game it’s tough love, and it’s the same in sparring – you can’t muck around in sparring, and get hit lightly.

 In Aaron Chalmers' last fight he made his Bellator MMA debut

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In Aaron Chalmers' last fight he made his Bellator MMA debut
 Aaron Chalmers beat Ash Griffiths in his last fight via first-round submission

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Aaron Chalmers beat Ash Griffiths in his last fight via first-round submission

Because when you get cracked in the cage, you're going to have a shock. In sparring we’re not striking at 100 per cent, but you’re getting touched up, hurt, dropped with body shots.

It’s been like that from the beginning, because it has to be.

When I first moved down here, these lads didn't give a s*** about Geordie Shore, they just said he’s here to train, you’re put in there as another fighter.

Geordie Shore didn't matter to them down here – whereas in Newcastle I could literally say I don’t want to train anymore, I could do what I wanted.

 Aaron Chalmers fights Corey Browning at Bellator MMA in his next fight, which takes place on February 9

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Aaron Chalmers fights Corey Browning at Bellator MMA in his next fight, which takes place on February 9

Down here it was 'get in there, be there for sparring', and that was how I was treated.

I’ll never be accepted in MMA, but I think those people who say this and that, if they came down here for a Monday morning wrestling session, they’d never come back.

People don’t realise the work you have to put in – you have to do your jiu-jitsu, wrestling, boxing, Thai boxing, strength and condition, runs.

You have to cover this all on a weekly basis, you have to do all these things and it’s hard work.

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NOW I'VE moved from Newcastle to Birmingham for training purposes – I really feel like I am part of a family.