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New free agent Will Brooks regrets ‘negative reputation’ he built on Twitter

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There’s the real Will Brooks and the Will Brooks that comes across on Twitter, the former Bellator lightweight champion said. And he acknowledges that the latter affected his relationship with his former promotion.

“If I had to be 100 percent honest, I do think some of the things I said on Twitter, the way I went about doing things was very unprofessional,” Brooks told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “It wasn’t in my nature. I was just consumed by a lot of things that were going on and I stepped outside of who I am as a person. It was outside of the relationship with Bellator, just seeing the things I was saying and the way I was carrying myself, it just really bummed me out.”

Things between Brooks and Bellator have been up and down since Scott Coker took over the promotion in 2014, culminating in his release Saturday. Brooks will now test free agency and is hoping for an opportunity with the UFC.

Brooks was one of the best talents on the Bellator roster — one of the top lightweights in the world, too — and the company’s lightweight champion. He took to Twitter multiple times, though, to criticize his treatment and Bellator in general.

Last September, he notably blasted Bellator execs for pushing Coker’s new additions over the established stars held over from the Bjorn Rebney era. Brooks also openly spoke about wanting to test free agency on Twitter in February, saying that is perhaps why Bellator “decided not to use any resources” on him.

Brooks is glad to be a free agent and looking forward to new challenges. But he said he does regret some of the “emotional” and “impulsive” things he has tweeted in the past.

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Source:: mma fighting