Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1," a hybrid mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing event that took place inside SAP Center in San Jose, California last night (Sat. Sept. 19, 2015), delivered as promised. But, there were some left with a not-so-nice impression of the evening's grandeur.
On a night where GLORY kickboxing bouts were scheduled alongside a Light Heavyweight tourney and title fight, which showcased two of Bellator's prized free agent acquisitions over the last 18 months, Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis, it was current Lightweight champion Will Brooks that took offense to what he deemed "royal treatment."
The 155-pound king sent off a quartet of tweets post-event (via MMA Fighting).
Bring Patricky, Chandler, or Thomson in the cage after I win and not let me have my CHAMPION moment. Bet it will be the first and last time— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) September 20, 2015
I've watched these new guys come over and get the royal treatment. While me and the other champions get the should shrug treatment.— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) September 20, 2015
I respect the changes Bellator has been making things are a lot better then before but there's more work to be done— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) September 20, 2015
There needs to be more respect shown by the organization and the fans to me and the other fighters that were here before these new cats.— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) September 20, 2015
"Ill Will" took issue with the seemingly preferential face time and treatment giving to "Mr. Wonderful" and Ortiz, who were both given the spotlight following another dominating performance by undefeated 205-pound champion Liam McGeary in the evening's headliner.
The Brit submitted "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" with an inverted triangle choke in the waning seconds of round one (highlights) only to have the latter steal his post-fight interview spot. Then, Davis was brought in on a moment's whim to have his choreographed title confrontation with McGeary after the former won the one-night, 205-pound tourney.
For a fighter such as Brooks, a 28-year-old veteran of the organization dating back to Bellator 87 in Jan. 2013, it's unfathomable how an organization can push aside one of its homegrown stars, McGeary, who has been with Bellator since April 2013.
President Scott Coker was installed as owner of Bellator in June 2014 after the promotion, which has been owned by Viacom since 2011, parted ways with Bjorn Rebney. Multiple fighters have come out, including Davis and Ortiz, highlighting the promotion's "family-like" atmosphere and better pay.
The 30-year-old Davis signed with Bellator back in April after his UFC contract expired. Josh Thomson, also a veteran of UFC and friend of Scott Coker when the two were fighter and promoter in Strikeforce, signed with Bellator last month after a 1-3 tenure in the Octagon.
Brooks will aim to defend his title for a second straight time when he faces Marcin Held at Bellator 145: Vengeance on Nov. 6 in St. Louis, Missouri.
For complete Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1" results, click here, and to watch the post-fight presser replay here.