Will Brooks stepped in on short notice a few days ago to replace Eddie Alvarez in the first-ever Bellator pay-per-view (PPV) event against Micheal Chandler for the interim lightweight championship . The bout takes place on May 17th as the co-main event and the Bellator 120 fight card is finally set in stone. See it right below.
In my opinion, Brooks somewhat saved the day for Bellator 120 since the event could have been swapped to Spike TV again. Remember how things turned out for Rampage vs. Ortiz? Well, Ortiz never even made it inside the cage, but the event itself turned out to be FREE and that was a good thing. But for Bellator it was necessary for them to start setting the ground for PPV like thedoes on a regular basis. Bellator 120 is the starting point for PPV that headlines the long-awaited grudge match between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed Lawal for the Season 10 Light Heavyweight tournament final and title shot.
Tito Ortiz also steps inside the cage for the first time since UFC 148 to face Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko.
Is the fight card still worthy for PPV with the new change? I guess we’ll find out this Saturday night.
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET):
Rampage Jackson (34-11) vs. King Mo (12-3)
Michael Chandler (12-1) vs. Will Brooks (13-1)
Alexander Shlemenko (50-7) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Blagoi Ivanov (11-0) vs. Alexander Volkov (20-4)
Rickey Rainey (7-2) vs. Michael Page (5-0)
Undercard (Spike TV at 8 p.m. ET):
Cheick Kongo (20-9) vs. Eric Smith (6-1-1)
Nate Jolly (13-5) vs. Marcin Held (18-3)
Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro (19-3)
Goiti Yamauchi (16-2) vs. Mike Richman (16-4)
Undercard (Spike.com/MMA Fighting at 6 p.m. ET):
Zach Underwood (12-5) vs. Austin Lyons (10-3)
Justin Frazier (6-1) vs. Mike Wessel (13-7)
Ben Brewer (6-1) vs. Andy Uhrich (8-4)
Anthony Lemon (2-3) vs. Codie Shuffield (4-0)
Cortez Phelia (2-0) vs. Brian Hall (7-2)