- 8-0 MMA / Bellator Debut
- 8 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Drew Dober, Satoru Kitaoka
- 15-3 MMA / 2-2 Bellator Record
- Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
- Notable Wins: Brian Cobb, Steve Gable, Rene Nazare
January 31st, 2013
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Will Brooks looked incredible on New Year’s Eve at DREAM 18, defeating leg-lock specialist Satoru Kitaoka in the second round via TKO. The win was his eighth consecutive victory to begin his young career, including seven win by stoppages (3 TKO, 4 Submission).
This will be Ricardo Tirloni’s third appearance in a Bellator tournament. In season six, he was ousted in the opening round by Rick Hawn, who earned a second round knockout. Tirloni advanced to the semifinals in season seven with a second round submission victory over Rene Nazare, but was eliminated by Dave Jansen after dropping a split decision at Bellator 81.