Season 9 Lightweight Tournament winner Will Brooks will be staying busy instead of waiting for his title shot on the sidelines, as he is set to compete on the Bellator PPV against Nate Jolly. Becoming the 3rd announced fight scheduled on Bellator’s inaugural PPV, which takes place on Saturday, May 17th in Landers Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
Fresh off defeating John Alessio, Saad Awad, and Alexaner Sarnavskiy in the Season 9 Bellator Lightweight tournament, Will Brooks (13-1), who is in the line for the next lightweight title shot, elected to compete while waiting for the winner of the trilogy between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler. In the press release by Bellator, Brooks stated that he has his sights on the winner of the main event, but is also excited to show the fans his evolved game against opponent Nate Jolly.
“I’m so happy to be getting back in that cage,” Brooks said. “I would be lying if I said I didn’t have my sights set on Alvarez vs. Chandler III, just like everyone else, but at the same time I know how focused I am for this next fight. I’m really looking at this fight as more of a blessing than anything else. What some people don’t understand is when you get into that tournament, you are doing everything you can to get through it healthy and keep racking up those wins. My coaches and I came in with a game plan for the tournament, and while it obviously paid off, I know there are so many adjustments I still want to make to my game, and I want to show my fans the sort of skills I have. With a full training camp under my belt, I know I’m going to take my game to the next level and really show fans how my game has evolved.”
The 31 year old, Nate Jolly (13-5) will be making his Bellator debut on the PPV, the native of Cincinnati, Ohio has won 3 of his past 4 fights competing for various promotions around the USA. 8 of Jolly’s 13 victories have come by way of decision.
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Will Brooks vs Nate Jolly