Will Brooks, who fought and beat Michael Chandler twice in Bellator, believes “Iron” quit against Justin Gaethje at UFC 268. Although Gaethje and Chandler went toe-to-toe for three rounds and it was “The Highlight” winning a decision. Despite the fact the fight went to the scorecards, Brooks believes Chandler quit in a sense he didn’t try to win in the third round. Instead, he thinks Chandler tried to make it entertaining so people didn’t care that he lost.
Former champion Will Brooks open to Bellator return despite unceremonious exit, but doesn’t expect it to happen
Will Brooks is ready to get back to fighting, and depending how the dominoes fall, an unlikely homecoming could be in order. A little over three years into his pro MMA career, “Ill Will” burst onto the scene with a Bellator tournament victory and then a split-decision win over Michael Chandler to win an interim lightweight title in 2014. The two met in an immediate rematch for an undisputed title vacated by Eddie Alvarez and Brooks emerged triumphant again, this time putting Chandler away with strikes in the fourth round.
On the week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck is joined by UFC middleweight Julian Marquez (8:45) to recap his third-round submission win over Maki Pitolo at UFC 258 this past Saturday, discuss what it was like to make that walk for the first time in 31 months, James Krause’s influence, not being thrilled with his performance, not dropping the ball as most suggested with Miley Cyrus, and Joaquin Buckley.