Eddie Goldman is the host and producer of the No Holds Barred international podcast, the publisher of the No Holds Barred blog, and a senior contributing editor at the ADCC News.

Subscribe to No Holds Barred
Browse Archives at groups.google.com

Web No Holds Barred

Sunday, August 03, 2014

No Holds Barred: Will Brooks and His Road to the Bellator Title 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with American Top Team fighter and Bellator MMA interim lightweight champion Will Brooks.

As recently as 2012, although he was undefeated in MMA on regional shows, Will Brooks was not well-known as a fighter. That changed on December 31, 2012, when he faced the far more experienced Japanese submission master and former Sengoku lightweight champion Satoru Kitaoka on the Dream 18 New Year's Eve card in Saitama, Japan. While Kitaoka tried for submissions, Will Brooks outfought him and pulled off the upset with a second-round TKO win, thus exploding onto the international MMA scene.

He soon thereafter signed with Bellator, and entered their season 8 lightweight tournament. After winning his opening round fight, he suffered his first professional loss, falling in 43 seconds of the first round by knockout to Saad Awad on February 28, 2013.

But it was far from over for Will Brooks, as he returned in the season 9 lightweight tournament, which he won. In the semifinals of that tournament, he avenged the loss to Saad Awad, winning a clear-cut unanimous decision.

As the lightweight tournament winner, he was in line for a title shot, but that would not come right away. Bellator booked for the main event of their May 17, 2014, pay-per-view, which was their first attempt at pay-per-view, the lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in a third fight against the former champion Michael Chandler. These two had already exchanged wins in classic fights, so this trilogy was highly anticipated. Instead, Will Brooks was scheduled for another, non-title fight on this card.

Another opportunity would unexpectedly come Will Brooks's way, as shortly before that card was to take place, Eddie Alvarez had to withdraw due to injury. Will Brooks was then moved into the fight with Michael Chandler, with the winner being named Bellator interim lightweight champion.

The Will Brooks-Michael Chandler fight went five action-packed rounds, and resulted in a controversial and split decision, with Will Brooks being awarded the victory and thus the interim title.

He now awaits word about his next fight, whether against the champion Alvarez whose status with Bellator may change soon, or in a rematch with Michael Chandler, or against someone else.

We spoke with Will Brooks Wednesday, July 30, at a Bellator media day at Dave and Buster's in New York.

Shortly after his victory over Kitaoka in Japan, he said, "I think maybe a couple of days after that, I got the contract to sign with Bellator, talked with my manager, and he pointed me in the direction that, he said that this would probably be a good idea, so I went with it. And now here I am today. I think I'm one of the faces of the organization now, and I'm just trying to do my part to continue to help this company grow."

We discussed his fight with Michael Chandler, why he believes that he deserved to win, his strategy during that fight, how he rebounded from his loss to Awad, his training at American Top Team, when he thinks he might fight next, the course of his career, and much, much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.

Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

The Liberty Bell Classic / King of Catch Wrestling Tournament, presented by the North American Catch Wrestling Association and Scientific Wrestling. In this tournament, you can only win by pin or submission, with no points. It all takes place Saturday, August 30, at Primal Gym, 231 Bakers Basin Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648. For more information, go to kingofcatchwrestling.com.

Snake Pit U.S.A., whose primary mission is to breathe new life into real catch-as-catch-can wrestling and help lead the catch wrestling revolution for martial artists and those pursuing recreational training and fitness alike. For more information, go to SnakePitUSA.com.

The Catch Wrestling Alliance, a catch wrestling promotion that works with the highest level catch wrestlers from around the world with the goal of reviving the great sport of catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance organizes catch wrestling sporting events, and its primary organizer is Dr. Raul Ramirez. For more information, go to catchwrestlingalliance.com.

Takedown Wrestling Media, America's wrestling TV and radio shows, which are hosted by founder Scott Casber, and have been airing on radio and Internet for over 17 years. Takedown Media produces a weekly TV program seen in 54 million homes in the U.S. on DirecTV, Dish Network, and cable affiliates around the country, called Takedown TV. Takedown Media also produces the weekly USA Wrestling TV show for the governing body of the sport, USA Wrestling. For more information, go to http://takedownradio.com.

Labels: , , , , ,

Links to this post:

Comments: Post a Comment


Post a Comment

0 comments Tweet

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

The PodOmatic Podcast Player is available for free at:

  • Google Play
  • App Store
  • No Holds Barred Sponsors

  • Catch Wrestling Alliance
  • Skullz Double-End Bags
  • Links
  • Eddie Goldman Presented Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award -- The Conscience of Combat Sports
  • "The Martist" with John Perretti
  • Catch Wrestling Alliance
  • National Writers Union
  • MMA World Expo
  • Play the Game
  • Kristal Hart Show
  • E-Mail Icon Generator
  • Archives
    Subscribe to the NO HOLDS BARRED Blog Here

  • Google
    Web No Holds Barred

    Google Groups Subscribe to No Holds Barred
    Browse Archives at groups.google.com
    © 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Eddie Goldman all rights reserved.