Will Brooks confirms UFC release, announces PFL tourney entry
Will Brooks’ UFC run was a bust, but he’s making no excuses for it, and he’s ready for the next chapter of his career.
Brooks (18-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC), a former Bellator lightweight champion (with a pair of wins over notable Michael Chandler), has announced his UFC release and his plans to join the PFL and one of its upcoming $1 million tournaments.
Brooks, a 31-year-old who went 4-0 in Bellator title fights, was a highly regarded addition to the UFC roster in 2016. However, after a UFC-debut win over Ross Pearson, the American Top Team fighter suffered consecutive decision losses to Alex Oliveira, Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz.
As he wrote in a lengthy Instagram post: “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.”
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PFL (formerly WSOF) recently announced a broadcasting/streaming deal with NBC Sports Group and Facebook. The revamped fight promotion is expected to feature 72 total fighters competing in six tournaments in various weight classes. A regular season kicks off in June, playoffs are scheduled for October, and the season and tourneys conclude with a year-end show on New Year’s Eve.
Additional tournament participants and exact events dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
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