St. Louis, Missouri – Will Brooks found himself in some early submission peril, but soon solved the riddle posed by Marcin Held’s grappling game on his way to putting up a dominating performance and earning the unanimous decision victory.
Bellator 145: Vengeance will take place November 6, 2015 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The event will air live in prime time on Spike TV following the preliminary card on MMA Mad. Will Brooks vs. Marcin Held took place on the main card which aired live on Spike TV.
Brooks kept it standing for a moment, but Held got a surprisingly easy take down that put Brooks’ back against the cage. Held stayed tight for a few minutes looking for position before Brooks was finally able to reverse and take top position. Held immediately went for the legs, though, and slapped on an extremely tight kneebar before switching to a toehold. It looked as if the champion was on the verge of relinquishing his belt, but Brooks survived and ended up on top again to finish the round.
“Ill” Will quikcly put Held against the fence to start the 2nd round before getting a take down and landing in side control. Held managed to find his way back to guard, however, and once again began to look for a leg to crank. Brooks was ready for the attempt and transitioned to full mount after a couple of seconds of defending. He locked up an arm triangle around the 2-minute mark, but was stuck in half guard and let it go before regaining full mount. Brooks held the position and started landing good elbows until taking Held’s back in the final 10 seconds of the 2nd frame.
Brooks made it clear that he was the fresher fighter by jumping around in his corner during the break before immediately getting another take down to start the 3rd round. Held still refused to give up on the leg locks , but took a decently severe beating while lying in bottom position between the attempts. It looked as if Brooks was nearing in on earning a 3rd round TKO, but Held stayed strong and made it to the bell.
As the championship rounds began, it was obvious that the champion was beginning to pull away from Held on the cards and was easily winning the battle of attrition. Both the 4th and 5th rounds were a struggle for Held. The young European kept finding himself on his back struggling to seize a submission while Brooks relentlessly ground away and landed hard shots when given the opportunity. By the time the final bell sounded, it was an obvious victory for the reigning and defending Bellator MMA Lightweight Champion.
Brooks took the decision on the cards with scores of 50-45, 49-46, and 49-46. “Ill” Will Brooks has now successfully defended his title twice in the Bellator cage and moves to 17-1. Marcin Held dropped just his third fight inside the promotion and falls to 21-4 after the championship setback.