According to a report on Sherdog.com, Bellator officials on Friday announced the final Season 8 lightweight quarterfinal pairing. In the matchup, Ricardo Tirloni will square off with Will Brooks at Bellator 87.
Bellator 87 takes place on Jan. 31 at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, MI. Now airing on Spike TV, the event will also feature matchups between Guillaume DeLorenzi and Patricky Friere, Lloyd Woodard against David Rickels and Alexander Sarnavky meeting Thiago Michel Pereira Silva.
Will Brooks, just 26 years of age, has yet to taste defeat as a pro. An impressive 8-0, he represents the Midwest training Center. This will mark his debut within Bellator which has been aggressively stockpiling talent as it hopes to make a splash with its new television partner. He fought recently, capturing a second-round technical knockout over former Senoku champ Satoru Kitaoka, on New Year's Eve. That win marked his third successful fight of 2012.
“I’m just really excited about this opportunity. The whole idea of a tournament really gets me going. I just love it, and it’s why I wanted to come to Bellator,” Will Brooks said in the official release. “This is what it’s all about, and I’m ready to go out and get it. Fighting on Spike TV is a dream. This organization is on the rise, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. When I have millions of people watching, that’s when I step up my game, and it’s exactly what you will see on Jan. 31.”
Ricardo Tirloni will be stepping into the Bellator cage for the fifth time in his career. His last effort was a tough split-decision loss to Dave Jansen this past November during the Season 7 semi-finals. He has split his first four decisions within the promotion, alternating victories and losses since making his successful debut in 2011. Of his eighteen career fights, just three have gone to the judges scorecards. His most notable opponent was Benson Henderson, a fight in which he lost by submission in just his fourth career fight. Ricardo Tirloni has been fighting professionally for nearly eight years.