Still two wins away from a guaranteed championship shot and Will Brooks already feels like a champion.
“I’m a champion already,” said Brooks to MMA Junkie. “I’m a champion as a person and in my everyday life, and I’m on the verge of being a champion as a fighter in this tournament.”
Before Brooks can get a chance at the lightweight title, he needs to get passed Saad Awad in Bellator’s Season 8 lightweight semifinals.
Brooks is undefeated with nine wins and took a decision over Ricardo Tirloni to advance. Awad has five consecutive wins with four fights not seeing the second round. He needed only 31 seconds to take Guillaume DeLorenz out of the tournament.
Brooks vs. Awad are on the main card of today’s Bellator 91 from the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, NM. The main card airs on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET and FightLine will providing the play-by-play.