This weekend Bellator announced that Eddie Alverez (25-3) had been pulled from his title fight against Michael Chandler (12-1). The next logical step for the Bellator 120 card was to pull Season 9 lightweight tournament winner Will Brooks (14-1) from his main card fight with Nate Jolly and place him into the interim title fight against Chandler.
Brooks, has been on a roll winning four consecutive fights including victories against John Alessio, Saad Awad and Alexander Sarnavskiy to capture the tournament crown.
Although Will Brooks had been preparing for Jolly he told Scifighting, he was ready for chandler, and always has been.
We discussed the short notice switch with Will Brooks and got his thought on his upcoming fight.
Scifighting: How are you prepared for Chandler with only one weeks’ notice?
Brooks: I think I am very prepared. I think that’s one thing that got the best of me the first time in the tournament, I was looking past everyone else and I was too focused on trying to get ready for Chandler, and ended up losing. It has never changed I have kept him in my review in the back of my mind, so even before I signed with Bellator I was watching video of him and preparing for guys like that. When they gave me the call I didn’t hesitate, this is an opportunity and I can’t let it past me by.
Scifighting:You indicated in the past you wanted to fight chandler, so when the opportunity arose was it even a question for you?
Brooks: No I mean I have been wanting to fight Chandler for a while now, he’s a very talented fighter with an incredible set of tools he brings to the cage. This is part of the game you take these opportunities to fight the best. When I originally signed with Bellator Alverez wasn’t even in the picture, and Chandler was the one I wanted to get. He is still the one on my list I’ve been watching and studying so I am excited to get this opportunity.
Brooks ended with “ I didn’t get into this job to let great opportunities to pass me by, everything we have been working on, win or lose I am proud of myself and happy with the performance I am going to put on”.
Prelims start at 8pmEST on Spike TV and the PPV starts at 10pm EST from the Landers Center in Memphis.
Brooks promises this is not a fight you will want to miss, even on minimal notice he is prepared and equipped to put on a show the fans will definitely need to see.