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Will Brooks: ‘Bum’ Justin Gaethje is ‘trying to ride my coattail’ with challenge

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Will Brooks has been down to challenge himself against Justin Gaethje for a long time.

Two years ago, when former World Series of Fighting exec Ali Abdel-Aziz proposed a Bellator vs. WSOF card, Brooks said he was the first person to step up on Twitter and say it would be something he was interested in. If that meant Brooks vs. WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje, Brooks said he was all for it.

So when Gaethje called out newly minted free agent Brooks over the weekend, Brooks was wondering where Gaethje was in 2014 when the idea of a fight first came up.

“He wouldn’t say a word at all,” Brooks told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Now all of a sudden he wants to bring some attention to himself, because I guess it’s like I’m Mr. Popularity right now and now he’s trying to ride my coattail and get his name out there. I’m not worried about that bum. He’s alright. He’ll be OK.”

Brooks, the former Bellator MMA lightweight champion, was released by the promotion over the weekend and is free to pursue other options. His goal is to be in the UFC, but he’ll likely have other organizations interested in him as well. One of those could be WSOF where Gaethje is the 155-pound champ. Gaethje asked WSOF to make that matchup and didn’t mince words about it last Saturday on Twitter.

@MMAWorldSeries I heard #IllWillBrooks is a free agent. Let’s make his wish come true and let me fuck him up. Please. Relay the message.

— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) May 14, 2016

Brooks shot back Saturday that Gaethje didn’t say anything two years ago and proposed a one-fight contract with WSOF to make the bout happen. It would be the best lightweight ….View full article

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