Just hours before Bellator 154, the California based mixed martial arts promotion made some news as they have given Will Brooks his full contract release and have striped Vitaly Minakov of the heavyweight title.

This news was reported by MMA Junkie as they were informed of the decisions by Bellator President Scott Coker and The MMA Report has been informed that Bellator has given up their right to match any contract that Brooks receives.

“It was very simple,” Coker stated to MMA Junkie. “Will Brooks’ contract is ending, and we made a decision not to renew it. We’re going to give him a full release, so we’re not going to be in the Will Brooks business any longer. We’re going to retain Minakov’s rights with the company, but we are going to strip him of the title for lack of participation, basically,” Coker said. “We hope we can work it out, but we’re going to be moving on from Minakov.”

Following the news of Brooks being given his full release, the American Top Team fighter sent out a video via Twitter to say thank you.

Stay tuned to The MMA Report for updates on the free agency status of Will Brooks.

One Response

  1. Rodney P

    This is totally BUSH LEAGUE on the release of Will Brooks. It may also hurt Will Brooks in his money negotiating with the UFC since there may be no other dance partner for his services. Well, maybe, the WSOF will be in pursuit of his services. As far as stripping Vitaly Minakov of the Bellator Heavyweight Title, IT’S ABOUT TIME. He won the Bellator Heavyweight Title and then ran away because he did not like something about the championship clause after he won the title. Now according to Scott Coker, Bellator is going to put together a series of fights to determine a champion, well, make sure that Bobby Lashley (14-2), Tony Johnson (10-2), Sergei Kharitonov (23-6) and Cheick Kongo (24-10-2) are included in that series of fights. And if Bellator wants to add more fighters to that list of series of fights, then include Justin Wren (12-2), the winner of Dan Charles (10-3) vs Augusto Sakai (9-0), and even though I am not high on him, include Matt Mitrione (9-5) in that series of fights. I would much rather see Matt Mitrione get built up first before putting him in the title mix.