Former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks has set a record for the fastest finish in his career when he finished Rafael Bastos in mere seconds last week.
Now at Art of Scrap, UFC and PFL veteran is continuing his current win streak with a win against Bastos.
But the bout itself ended with a catastrophic injury. Brooks checked a second leg kick thrown by Bastos, which immediately broke his leg 19 seconds into the first round.
Bastos was beside himself in pain after the kick, which prompted the referee to halt the contest.
After a brief examination, Bastos was declared unable to continue the fight, and Brooks was declared the winner by TKO.
Brooks then took to Twitter to share what he felt about the fight.
‘Ill Will’ admits that despite being happy about the win, he felt some disappointment as he was unable to put on a performance for the audience.
“Got the win tonight. Didn’t get the chance to put on a display. Opponent threw a leg kick, I stepped down, checked properly, and he broke his leg on impact. Happy for the W but a little disappointed I didn’t get to put on a performance.”
He also shared another tweet with the footage of his fight while giving other fighters some advice.
“Don’t throw dry kicks. Don’t skip leg day. Results of my fight last night.”
Don't throw dry kicks.
Don't skip leg day.
Results of my fight last night.
— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) April 16, 2022
While Brooks’ best days are seemingly behind him considering he’s now in a regional organization, he was once a force to be reckoned with.
He holds several wins over UFC household names like Drew Dober, Ross Pearson, and twice over UFC star Michael Chandler.
Brooks was 17-1 before finally signing the contract with the UFC in 2016.
However, he lost all three of his UFC bouts – against Alex Oliveira, Charles Oliveira, and Nik Lentz, all by finishes.
He’s on a 3-fights win streak now and might get another opportunity in the big leagues.
Update on my opponents injury: Rafael Bastos underwent a successful surgery the other night. He has been in touch with his family and he will fly home to Brazil on Tuesday.
All praise and glory to GOD for a successful surgery for Rafael and him getting home to his family soon pic.twitter.com/HwGwXuEeaE
— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) April 17, 2022