Following the release of former lightweight champion Will Brooks, Bellator officials quickly followed up with an announcement to fill the vacancy.
Former champion Michael Chandler (14-3) will battle Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (16-7) for the championship left vacant when Bellator cut Brooks loose. Bellator officials announced the news on Saturday, just a few hours after company president Scott Coker told MMAWeekly.com that they had released their lightweight champion.
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Brooks’ contract was set to end in July, and the disgruntled champion reportedly was not interest in renewing his deal with Bellator. Rather that keep him tied up during an extensive matching period, Bellator opted to release him, making Brooks an unrestricted free agent.
Chandler and Pitbull will battle in the Bellator: Dynamite 2 co-main event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on June 24 to determine which of them will fill Brooks’ shoes.
The title fight joins a main event that features a 215-pound catchweight match-up between Quinton “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 the “Dynamite” series, both a mixed martial arts cage and kickboxing ring will be featured on the arena floor.
Updated “Bellator: Dynamite 2” Fight Card:
Bellator MMA Heavyweight Main Event: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (36-11) vs. Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1)
Bellator MMA Lightweight World Title Bout: Michael Chandler (14-3) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (16-7)
Bellator MMA Heavyweight Feature Bout: Matt Mitrione (9-5) vs. Carl Seumanutafa (10-6)
Bellator MMA Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Engel (5-0) vs. Chel Erwin-Davis (3-1)
Bellator MMA Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Howard (9-3) vs ….View full article