Will Brooks Focused on Fun, Not Belt in Bellator 120 Victory Over Michael Chandler
Brooks pulled off a major upset Saturday night. | Dave
Brooks let it all hang out at Bellator
120 , and he became the Bellator MMA interim lightweight
champion as a result.
After dropping the first two rounds of Saturday night’s
pay-per-view headliner to former champion Michael
Chandler , Brooks flipped the script in the third period and
turned the tide of the five-round affair in his favor. Brooks
mounted Chandler and punished him with ground-and-pound in addition
to taking his favored opponent’s back.
“I honestly can’t even tell you [what changed between rounds two
and three],” Brooks said following his win at Landers Center in
Southaven, Miss. “Once we hit round three, I wasn’t thinking
strategy. I was just laughing and having a good time. I blanked out
and said, ‘Let’s just scrap and see what happens.’”
Brooks followed the dominant third period with another smooth
effort in the fourth, clipping Chandler standing and then catching
his back just before the end of the round.
“I forgot I was fighting for the belt,” said Brooks.
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Following his controversial decision loss to Quinton Jackson on Saturday night, ‘King Mo’ revealed that he has not been pleased with Bellator’s “slippery” canvas.
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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – After much hand-wringing and concern, Bellator MMA has now conducted its first pay-per-view event. But don’t expect them to rush back to the market. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said he’s not making the same mistake as the UFC.
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“I’m very hungry to fight, and I thank the UFC to give me a fight with C.B.,” he said. “It’s the first time I’m going to Berlin for a fight, and it’s not that far from Paris. For sure, I’m going to go to Paris to see my family and friends.”
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TJ De Santis and Jordan Breen returned to the Sherdog Radio Network Saturday night following the conclusion of Bellator 120 for another edition of "Beatdown After The Bell." On this SRN special report De Santis and Breen recap the show that saw Quinton Jackson take a controversial decision of Muhammed Lawal , Will Brooks upset Michael Chandler , and Tito Ortiz submit middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko .
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Tito Ortiz: I'll roll over every Bellator light heavyweight, 'Rampage' included
“I know where the odds went,” Bellator CEO Bjorn said. “I watched the odds, and everybody was disproportionately betting on Alexander. It was 4-to-1; it was 5-to-1. And I said to anybody who would listen, there’s a huge question here of strength. Tito Oritz has been in training. He’s had two months of training; it’s been uninterrupted. There’s no back, there’s no neck, there’s no knees. Every great champion has something left in the tank, and it depends on how much he has left and when he can bring it. I knew this was going to be a very tough fight, and it could go any number of directions.”
Bjorn Rebney on headliner scorecards: ‘I think both decisions were good decisions’
"I've got to look again at the tape. Sometimes, I get rolling too much with the microphone in front of me, but from what I saw, and I went back to the truck watching it, I think both decisions were good decisions. But they were wickedly close fights, and that's what world-class fighters will give you."
Rampage Jackson Wins Bellator Tournament, but Wants Rematch, Not Title Fight | MMAWeekly.com
“Talk about good problems to have,” he said. “They’re talking rematch. We’ve got Emanuel Newton, who is a spectacularly talented 205er. That’s what you look for. You look to build the kind of depth where you have a King Mo Lawal, you got a Rampage Jackson, you got a Tito Ortiz, and by the way, Emanuel Newton actually has the belt and has been beating people up.”
Bellator 120 PPV results - TJ Grant: Tito Ortiz 'looked terrible'
Unfortunately for Tito, the sword really does cut both ways. He picked up an impressive and unexpected win, but he was getting thrashed up until the takedown. The fact that Shlemenko was unable to regain any composure on the ground says a lot about his general lack of grappling skill, but it's easy to see Tito's big size advantage as a factor too. Either way, Grant seems to be firing hard at Ortiz and at the fact that this fight got made in the first place. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates on the Bellator PPV.
With Three Fights Left on Bellator Deal, Tito Ortiz Wants to Retire as World Champion | MMAWeekly.com
Ortiz quickly submitted Alexander Shlemenko in the first round of their main-card fight, and following the contest Ortiz laid out his plans for the future: fulfill his Bellator contract and retire with the belt around his waist.
‘Rampage’ Jackson, ‘King Mo’ Talk Rematch Following Bellator 120 Headliner
Quinton Jackson and Muhammed Lawal aren't finished talking quite
yet. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Despite trying to knock each other senseless for 15 minutes on
Saturday night, Quinton
Jackson and Muhammed
Lawal may still have unfinished business.
Jackson edged Lawal in a controversial unanimous decision in the
main event of Bellator’s
inaugural pay-per-view , taking scores of 29-28 across the board
to win the Season 10 light heavyweight tournament at Landers Center
in Southaven, Miss.
Following the official announcement, Lawal vocally expressed his
displeasure with the verdict. Jackson immediately proposed a
rematch, a suggestion he was still fully behind at the post-fight
“I’m down for a rematch. I wanted to knock him out, but this was
the best Mo I’ve seen in a long time,” said Jackson. “You wanted to
wrestle. You wanted to hump. Look at your face. I think the last
round was really close, but look at your face. You didn’t beat
After Lawal controlled the opening period with his wrestling,
Jackson went to work with his fists in round two, bludgeoning the
former Strikeforce champion with several clean blows that caused
his left eye to swell significantly.
Bellator may be forced to make Alvarez-Chandler 3 next, despite Brooks' win
“The reality of the situation is that Ed’s contract specifies that his next fight be against Michael Chandler,” Rebney said after Saturday’s post-event news conference. “So Ed now is in a position where he can choose to fight Chandler, and contractually we have to give him the Chandler fight. … It’s a situation we’ll have to sit down and discuss with him, and figure out where it goes, because he’s got paperwork and he’s got a contract that gives him the right to demand the Chandler fight.”
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Rampage Jackson vs. King Mo Lawal full fight video highlights
Round 1: John McCarthy is the referee for this main event. They didn't touch gloves. Lawal immediately scores a takedown, within the first few seconds. Rampage mouthing to Mo on his back, and Lawal is transitioning, or at least trying to, but Jackson closes guard. Lawal lands some shots from top. Jackson gets to his knees and is able to get back up. Lawal is insistent on the single-leg, though, and won't let it go, and he dumps Jackson back down to his rump on the fence. Once again Jackson stands for a brief second, but Lawal dumps him down again. As Jackson gets to a knee on fence, Lawal comes in with a series of thigh kicks. Jackson steadily stands back up, and Lawal drops down low and — once again — takes Jackson down. The wrestler brought his singlet to Memphis. Knees to the side of Jackson, who is on his knees. He stands up, and this time grabs Lawal's wrists to prevent the high-low, and they break. Crowd lets up a roar as they roll to center. This is where Jackson wants to be. He swings from distance, but misses — now lands a jab. Jackson mindful of the takedown, so keeping safe distance.