He was stopped early during the last Bellator lightweight tournament by the hands of Saad Awad. This time, Will Brooks has made his way into the lightweight tournament championship against a very tough opponent, Tiger Sarnavskiy. It won’t be an easy fight, but it is one Brooks can win.
Still early in his MMA career, Brooks has proven that he is a fighter to watch out for in the future. He is an athletic kid who can take a punch despite being knocked out by Awad. He has speed and his wrestling looks great at times. He was able to control Awad in his last outing on his way to a decision victory.
Though it is possible for Brooks to take down Sarnavskiy, it would probably be in his best interest to keep the fight standing. Out of his 25 wins, Tiger has finished 15 of them by submission and only six by KO/TKO. If Brooks takes Tiger to the ground, he risks getting submitted.
Standing with Tiger could be an issue too, but Brooks is talented enough to hold his own. If Brooks uses his athleticism to his advantage, it’s not a stretch to say that he could bully his way to a decision over Tiger. If he gets caught sleeping, Sarnavskiy could catch Brooks in several different ways.
On his way to the tournament final, Sarnavskiy defeated UFC veteran Marcus Davis and Ricardo Tirloni. Both victories came in the form of a submission, and both ended in the first round.