Former Bellator lightweight champion, Will Brooks announced on Instagram today that he has bee released by the UFC and has signed a contract with the Professional Fighters League (PFL).
Brooks was able to produce a nine-fight winning streak prior to joining the UFC. He upset Michael Chandler to win the Bellator lightweight crown and followed it up by defeating Chandler in the rematch. Brooks left Bellator due to contract issues. The Florida native was a disappointment in his UFC run. He debuted in the UFC with a lackluster decision win over Ross Pearson. He would then drop his next three-fights before being cut by the UFC. The losses were to Alex Oliveira, Charles Oliveira, and Nik Lentz. His loss to Lentz was his last fight, which happened last November in Sydney, Australia.
The PFL was formerly known as the World Series of Fighting. They recently signed a contract with NBC Sports. The plan is to hold a tournament where the champion is crowned $1 million. The season is expected to kick off June 7th. Brooks stated that he will be a participant in the season tournament.
Here is Brooks’ statement on Instagram
For those of you who have been asking when my next fight is… well, I’m not sure when the next will be but it will not be with the UFC but rather with the @profightleague in the Million Dollar tournament. I’ve been doing this for a while now and I understand the business side of it. I didn’t do the job that was expected of me and like all jobs I was released, rightfully so. Unfortunately, I under performed with the UFC and didn’t achieve the goal I wanted to with that opportunity. I regret nothing, I took a chance at something I wanted and came up short. The fighter/competitor in me is highly disappointed with myself for allowing things to get away from me. The UFC chapter is closed for now… I’d like to thank the UFC staff for treating me so well during my employment. From day one I was treated well and with respect. I appreciate that greatly. Now with that being said, I am moving forward toward the next chapter. I’m extremely excited and fired up to be part of the @profighteague and their rebirth. The timing is perfect because I’m in my own rebirth process as well. As always I’m going to represent this organization as professionally as I possibly can. I look forward to being a pivotal part of the PFL’s growth in this sport. All praise and glory to God. 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalms 121:1-2 At my highest and my lowest, He’s been with me and seen me through to lands of milk and honey. Thank you God for blessing me with this incredible opportunity for my family and myself. Now let’s go secure this bag!!!! #Godisgood #hardwork #dedication #mma #ufc #PFL #professional #athlete #Godsplan #winningatlife