Will Brooks goes Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde and turns up on Michael Chandler ahead of Bellator 131. Visibly irritated with the thought that Michael Chandler had been handed many things in his life, Bellator Lightweight Champion “Ill” Will Brooks goes from laughing off Chandler’s attempt to puff his chest to going H.A.M. and getting completely in the zone at weigh-ins… What a difference 24 hours makes.
Will Brooks (born October 8, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist. He currently fights for Bellator MMA, where he is the Interim Bellator Lightweight Champion.
Bellator MMA – Following his impressive international debut, Brooks was quickly signed by Bellator Fighting Championships in January 2013.
For his debut, Brooks was entered into the Bellator Lightweight Tournament. He faced Ricardo Tirloni in the opening round at Bellator 87 and won the fight via unanimous decision. He faced Saad Awad in the semi-finals and lost via KO in the first round.
Following the first loss of his career, Brooks rebounded with a win over Cris Leyva at Bellator 97 on July 31, 2013.
In the fall of 2013, Brooks entered into the Bellator Season 9 Lightweight tournament. He faced veteran John Alessio in the Quarterfinals on September 27, 2103, at Bellator 101. He won the fight in dominant fashion via unanimous decision.
Brooks had a rematch with Saad Awad in the semifinal round and dominated the fight for all three rounds, winning a unanimous decision victory.
Brooks faced Alexander Sarnavskiy in the finals. He won the fight via dominant unanimous decision to earn a future title shot at the Lightweight title.
On May 17, 2014, Brooks faced Michael Chandler filling in for the injured champ Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 120 for the Interim Bellator Lightweight Championship. He won via split decision to become the Interim Bellator Lightweight Championship.
Brooks is set to face Michael Chandler in a rematch at Bellator 131 on November 15, 2014, for the vacant Bellator Lightweight Championship.