Since taking the helm at Bellator last year, Scott Coker has transformed the organization into a fun alternative to the UFC. While many – including myself – have been critical of his main event match making at times there’s no question that he is quietly putting together a superb roster of talent.

That fact will be extremely apparent on Friday, April 10, 2015 when Bellator heads to the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif., for Bellator 136: Brooks vs. Jansen where many of the organization’s top young talent will be on display.

Alexander Volkov

Kicking off the main card of Bellator 136 is a heavyweight bout featuring one of the best young heavyweights in the world today. Even though he is only 26, he is 24-4 as a pro with 19 of his wins coming by way of stoppage. Since losing his Bellator heavyweight championship to Vitaly Minakov, Volkov has won five in a row; four by way of stoppage. The 6’7” monster from Russia has all the tools and physical gifts to be an elite heavyweight in MMA.

A New Lightweight Challenger Will Emerge

The lightweight division might just be Bellator’s most intriguing as it is stacked from top to bottom with elite talent. On Friday night, two of the organization’s best your lightweights will battle it out hoping to earn the next shot at the Bellator lightweight title.

Marcin Held and Alexander Sarnavskiy both head into Friday’s bout riding five-fight win streaks and with a potential title shot on the line, so expect to see both fighters bring something a little extra to the cage with them. Considering both men have strong grappling pedigrees and both can hold their own on the feet, this bout could end up stealing the show.

The Excitement that is Joe Schilling

Don’t let Shilling’s MMA record fool you, this man is a stone cold killer. His knockout of Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 131 was simply spectacular. While he’s never going to be a truly elite MMA fighter because of his lack of a ground game, he will add a level of excitement to every card he is on. Schilling is one of the best kickboxers in the sport today and he can expose anyone on the feet.

Lightweight Title Fight

Since picking up back-to-back wins over Michael Chandler, the vacant Bellator lightweight title and running his win streak to six in a row, Will Brooks has proven he is one of the best lightweights in the world today. On Friday, Brooks will have the opportunity to make yet another statement as he looks to defend his title for the first time against Dave Jansen.

Currently undefeated in the Bellator cage and riding a seven fight win streak, Jansen has all the tools necessary to knock Brooks off of his perch. But Brooks has proven time and time again that he is not to be taken lightly. Brooks’ combination of skill, power and dynamic athleticism makes him one of the toughest matchups in all of MMA.