On Saturday, Bellator announced they had cut their lightweight champ – Will Brooks – from their roster.
This was a long time coming. Since establishing himself as a top contender, and especially after winning the belt, Brooks has expressed nothing but displeasure with the organization, complaining that he’s gotten no promotional push and feels no love from the organization. Here’s MMAJunkie with the details.
“It was very simple,” Coker told MMAjunkie. “Will Brooks’ contract is ending, and we made a decision not to renew it. We’re going to give him a full release, so we’re not going to be in the Will Brooks business any longer.”
Coker declined to talk specifics regarding Brooks’ deal, but the 29-year-old American Top Team product previously told MMAFighting.com the contract expired on July 15.
Of course, since this is a Scott Coker-run show we’re talking about, there’s already a plan in place to fill the vacant championship slot. From a Bellator press release:
The Bellator MMA Lightweight Championship will be up for grabs “Iron” Michael Chandler (14-3) meet Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (16-7) in the co-main event of “Bellator: Dynamite 2” inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on June 24.
The title fight joins a main event that features a 215-pound heavyweight matchup between “Rampage” Jackson (36-11) and Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1), as well as a heavyweight showdown pitting Matt Mitrione (9-5) against Carl “Badwater” Seumanutafa (10-6). Much like the first iteration of Scott Coker’s “Dynamite” series, both a mixed martial arts cage and kickboxing ring will be featured on the arena floor.
The contests make up part of the televised portion of “Bellator: Dynamite 2,” which airs live on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App. Additional contests will be announced shortly.
Chandler and Pitbull are both badasses, so I have no problem with this match-up. As for Brooks’ exit… the dude was unhappy. No one wants an unhappy champ.