Bellator officials Friday announced the final Season 8 lightweight quarterfinal pairing, as Will Brooks meets Ricardo Tirloni at Bellator 87.

Also featuring quarterfinal matchups pitting Patricky Freire against Guillaume DeLorenzi, Lloyd 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 champion Satoru 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 Rick 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.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

‘Pitbull’ Freire vs. Georgi Karakhanyan title fight set for Bellator 138

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator has added a title fight to its upcoming event in St. Louis. Patricio Freire, who tapped Daniel Straus to defend the Bellator featherweight title for the first time in January, puts his belt read news >>

Three bouts announced for Bellator 137, including Mike Richman vs. Eduardo Dantas

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

The main card for Bellator 137 has come together with the announcement of three more fights.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Updated Bellator 136: 'Brooks vs. Jansen' card for April 10 in California

  • 22 days ago
  • 4 views

A few new preliminary bouts have been added to the Bellator MMA "Brooks vs. Jansen" card scheduled for April 10th at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, California. As the anticipation grows for the li read news >>

Nick Hein to Face Undefeated Lukasz Sajewski

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC® today announced that German fan-favourite Nick “Sergeant” Hein has been added to UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON vs. TEIXEIRA, as he looks to take on Polish debutant Lukasz Sajewski. read news >>

Champ Will Brooks on Bellator 136 opponent: Dave Jansen a 'journeyman type of guy'

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 views

The way Will Brooks is talking, his first title defense should be a walk in the park. Filed under: Bellator, Featured Videos, News, Videos read news >>

Ryan Jimmo vs. Francimar Barroso, Tom Breese vs. Luiz Dutra Jr. added to UFC Fight Night 67

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

The UFC has officially announced the Fight Night 67 card for Goiania with a media day in Brazil on Monday, and also announced a new pair of match-ups for the upcoming card. UFC Fight Night 67, which read news >>

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Stefan Struve Set for UFC 190 in Brazil

  • 19 days ago
  • 0 views

Heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Stefan Struve will meet at UFC 190, officials announced on Tuesday. read news >>

Bellator 136's Dave Jansen to Will Brooks: I most certainly am on a journey, man

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator lightweight contender Dave Jansen doesn’t take offense to champ Will Brooks’ dismissal of his abilities.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Will Brooks: 'I just don't fee like Rampage is worth it'

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 views

Will Brooks returns for the first defense of his Bellator lightweight title this weekend. In the run up, he's talking about the UFC's Reebok deal, the Rampage situation, and his opponent, Dave Jansen read news >>