After a one week layoff, Bellator MMA will be back in action on Friday, April 10, 2015, with a great night of fights. At the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif., lightweight champion Will Brooks will look to defend his title for the first time against Dave Jansen at Bellator 136: Brooks vs. Jansen.

Brooks heads into this bout riding a six-fight win streaking including back-to-back wins over Michael Chandler to win the interim Bellator title and then the vacated Bellator title. A dynamic fighter with a well-rounded skill set, Brooks has proven he is one of the best lightweights in the world.

Jansen on the other hand heads into the bout riding a seven-fight win streak. Undefeated in the Bellator cage Jansen made his successful return to competition in October after being sidelined with an injury for well over a year.
All signs are pointing to an exciting contest between these two men. Both have a lot of weapons at their disposal and both can win in a number of ways. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out on Friday night.

Striking

Brooks is the much more fluid and natural striker in this bout. Jansen has been fighting for a long time, but his striking game has never elevated to the point where he is considered a feared striker. Coming off of an impressive TKO win over Chandler, Brooks has shown his striking game continues to evolve and improve.

Advantage: Brooks


Grappling

Brooks is good grappler and his skill level is amplified because of his athleticism, but Jansen is a stud. A former Division I wrestler and Team Quest member grappling comes second nature to Jansen.

Advantage: Jansen

Submissions

With 10 career wins by way of submission Jansen doesn’t just know how to get the fight to the mat, he knows how to end fights on the mat. Brooks has a sneaky good submission game and he trains with some of the best grapplers in the world at American Top Team, but Jansen has the resume to prove his skill level.

Advantage: Jansen

X Factors

Jansen: Heading into Friday, Jansen’s biggest advantage comes in the form of his grappling pedigree.
His only two career losses came at the hands of fighters with a clear grappling advantage over him. All those years training at Team Quest with guys like Randy Couture, Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen makes him very dangerous if he can get Brooks tied up or pressed against the fence.

Brooks: For Brooks, his biggest advantage will be his athleticism. Brooks is an athlete unlike anyone Jansen has ever faced. His speed, movement and explosiveness will prove the be the biggest difference maker in this fight.

Prediction: Brooks via Unanimous Decision

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