Bellator 105: Awad-Brooks II, Sarnavskiy-Tirloni Booked
By FCF Staff
Bellator has announced that the promotion’s October 25th card in Rio Rancho, New Mexico will feature the semifinals of the Season Nine lightweight tourney. In one bracket Saad Awad will face Will Brooks for a second time, and in the other, “Tiger” Sarnavskiy will fight Ricardo Tirloni.
Brooks (11-1) worked his way to an impressive unanimous decision win over John Alessio in the quarterfinals last month, and Awad (15-5) tapped out Martin Stapleton in the first round. Brooks and Awad fought in a semifinal bout this past February, and the latter stopped the rising lightweight in under 60 seconds.
“You’re going to see the best Saad Awad you’ve seen to date,” Awad said in a press release from the promotion. “Fans are definitely going to see a fight of the night performance. I plan on pushing the pace every minute he’s in there with me. I’m taking this tournament one fight at a time, but as long as I am in the cage it’s do or die for me and I don’t plan on dying anytime soon. “
“I’m very excited and beyond ready for this semifinal fight against Awad,” Brooks said. “Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish what I started in the first tournament, but this time around things will end differently. I continue to improve my game every day and stay focused on the goal at hand, which is beating Awad and moving on in the tournament.”
Sarnavskiy (24-1) quickly dropped and submitted UFC vet Marcus Davis in the tourney’s opening round, while Tirloni scored a UD win over Rich Clementi.
The upcoming event’s main card, which will be hosted by the Santa Ana Star Center, will be broadcast on SPIKE.
Here is the line-up to date for Bellator 105.
Bellator Lightweight Tournament Semifinal: Saad Awad (15-5) vs. Will Brooks (11-1)
Bellator Lightweight Tournament Semifinal: Ricardo Tirloni (16-4) vs. Tiger Sarnavskiy (24-1)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ron Sparks (8-2) vs. Mighty Mo (4-2)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Eugene Fadiora (12-1) vs. Andreas Spang (8-3)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Steve Garcia (1-0) vs. Shawn Bunch (2-0)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Eddie Larrea (17-23) vs. Rocky Ramirez (4-4-1)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Adrian Cruz (5-0) vs. Jesse Brock (14-7)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Luis Nogueira (15-3-1) vs. Frank Baca (16-3)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Volkan Oezdemir (9-0) vs. Josh Lanier (3-7)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Joseph Bryant (4-2) vs. Raphael Butler (6-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Angelo Sanchez (12-3) vs. Desmond Green (8-2)