The UFC have added one of MMA’s most highly rated lightweights to their roster in the shape of Bellator Season 9 Lightweight Tournament winner and (now) former World Champion, Will Brooks.
Brooks is a fighter from Chicago who trains out of American Top Team in Florida. He first came to prominence when he was spotted for Japan’s DREAM organisation. Going there with a record of 7-0, he shocked the home crowd with a knockoout of veteran Satoru Kitaoka prompting Bellator to pounce for his signature.
It was at the Viacom owned promotion that Brooks really made his name. An outstanding natural athlete, he took on the best lightweights Bellator had to offer, and- aside from a loss to Saad Awad in which he was caught in the first minute- went entirely unbeaten throughout his career there, defeating quality opponents like John Alessio, Marcin Held and Michael Chandler (twice).
He won everything he could at Bellator at lightweight, including the world title and the- now defunct- tournament title. After being released by the promotion in May, he has finally negotiated a contract with the UFC and is set to face English veteran Ross Pearson at the TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas on 8th July.