On Thursday afternoon, April 9, 2015, the 26 fighters competing on Friday’s “Bellator: Brooks vs. Jansen” show took to the scales at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif. and successfully hit their targeted catch weights.
The stacked MMA card will do their thing tomorrow night at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif. and air Live and Free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET.
In the Main Event they’re featuring Bellator Lightweight World Champion 28 year-old, 5’ 11” Will “Ill Will” Brooks (15-1) from Schaumburg, Illinois going up against 35 year-old, 5’9” Dave “The Fugitive” Jansen (20-2) from Corbett, Oregon. Brooks, who has now won his last six fights, will have his hands full against Jansen who has gone undefeated in his last seven.
Quotes from the combatants in the Main Event:
Will Brooks: “I’m going to go out there and cut Dave Jansen down. I’m going to smoke him. I’m going to embarrass him.”
Dave Jansen: “My mental edge is going to be key and me beating Will on Friday night. I’ve always believed it’s mentality before physicality, and it’s my mentality that’s going to lead me to the world title. It’s also going to be because of my experience, determination and laser focus. All of these things are just culminating into the perfect storm.”
Then, in the middleweight, co-main event you’ll get to see the return of the multi-combat sports star Joe Schilling (2-3), who will be facing Brazilian standout Rafael Carvalho (10-1).
The 31-year-old Schilling has been fighting professionally since 2006. He started his combat sports career in kickboxing, where he earned both U.S. national and world titles in Muay Thai. He’s since turned his focus on MMA, while still competing in GLORY’s Last Man Standing tournament in June, fighting three times in one night. Schilling made his Bellator debut in November, scoring a “Knockout of the Year” candidate with his stoppage of the formidable Mr. Melvin Manhoef.
Carvalho has quickly established himself as one of the most devastating strikers in the sport, notching nine of his 10 career wins by knockout, including five that came in the first round. After losing his first professional fight in 2011, he has since earned 10 straight victories.
All told, there are 13 solid bouts scheduled.