Bellator MMA Lightweight World Champion “Ill” Will Brooks returns to action on April 10, when he faces top contender Dave “The Fugitive” Jansen at Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif at Bellator 136 April 10.

Brooks (15-1), an American Top Team product, will look to make the first defense of the undisputed Bellator MMA Lightweight champion, which he earned in November with a thrilling fourth-round TKO over former champion and face of the company Michael Chandler in their rematch at Bellator 131. Prior to the win, Brooks earned Interim Lightweight World Title, which he also earned with a victory over Chandler in their initial meeting at Bellator 120. He will enter this bout with nine career stoppage wins and Bellator record 7-1.

Across the cage from him, the 35-year-old Jansen (20-2) will be looking to add onto his seven-fight winning streak. An eight-year veteran of the sport, Jansen earned his shot at the belt with a 2012 tournament victory after registering wins over Marcin Held, Ricardo Tirloni and Magomed Saadulaev. He was scheduled to fight for the title in 2013, but an injury forced him to withdraw from the contest. He made his return with a unanimous decision over Rick Hawn at Bellator 120. Jansen will enter this bout with 11 career stoppage wins, including 10 by way of submission, and a Bellator record of  7-0.

Also announced for the card is middleweight contest between Brazilian knockout art Rafael Carvalho (10-1) and kickboxing standout Joe Schilling.

Carvalho (10-1) made an immediate impact in his Bellator debut with a first-round TKO win over nine-time Bellator MMA veteran Brian Rogers. This win not only extended his win streak to 10 by also marked his 10th straight ninth. career knockout victory.

The 31-year-old Schilling (2-3) has been fighting professionally since 2006, starting his combat sports career in kickboxing, where he earned both U.S. national and world titles in Muay Thai. While he’s since turned his focus to MMA, Schilling continues to compete in striking events, as well, working his way to GLORY’s Last Man Standing tournament this past June, competing three times in a single evening. Schilling made his Bellator MMA debut in November, scoring a “Knockout of the Year” candidate with violent stoppage of Melvin Manhoef.

“I’m really looking forward to this one,” stated Bellator President Scott Coker in a press release. “Brooks and Schilling were two huge components to our successful show last November, and I wanted to get them another fight as quickly as possible.” With Will Brooks, you’ve got a phenomenal athlete with a tremendous personality. He is someone who brings it each and every time he gets in the cage. Joe Schilling is one of those incredible strikers who just has danger written all over him. I think our team has really done a great job in finding both of these guys extremely tough opponents in Jansen and Carvalho respectively, and I’m happy that I’ll have one of the best seats in the house..

Tickets for Bellator 136 go on sale next Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. PT and are available online at (under the Bren Events Center tab) and through the UC Irvine Ticket Office.

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