Bellator officials Friday announced the final Season 8
lightweight quarterfinal pairing, as Will Brooks
Also featuring quarterfinal matchups pitting Patricky
Freire against Guillaume
Woodard against David
Rickels and Alexander
Sarnavskiy against Thiago
Michel Pereira Silva, Bellator 87 takes place Jan. 31 at the
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and airs
live on Spike TV.
Brooks, 26, has yet to taste defeat as a professional, rattling off
eight consecutive wins to start his career. Representing the
Midwest Training center, “Ill Will” most recently competed at Dream
18, earning a second-round technical knockout over onetime Sengoku
Kitaoka. Brooks competed thrice in 2012, besting Taurean
Bogguess and Drew Dober
before stopping Kitaoka on New Year’s Eve.
“I’m just really excited about this opportunity. The whole idea of
a tournament really gets me going. I just love it, and it’s why I
wanted to come to Bellator,” Brooks said in the official release.
“This is what it’s all about, and I’m ready to go out and get it.
Fighting on Spike is a dream. This organization is on the rise, and
I can’t wait to be a part of it. When I have millions of people
watching, that’s when I step up my game, and it’s exactly what you
will see on Jan. 31.”
Tirloni, meanwhile, reenters the Bellator cage coming off a
hard-fought split decision defeat to Dave Jansen
this past November in the Season 7 semifinals. The Brazilian made a
successful promotional debut in 2011 but was knocked out by
Hawn in the Season 6 quarterfinals to kick off last year.
Tirloni, 29, has finished 13 of his 15 career victims, picking up
eight submission wins in his seven years as a pro.