Will Brooks got back home from training at American Top Team and immediately saw his fiancée. The developments of the day — he had just fulfilled a goal of signing with the UFC — were just beginning to set in.
“She was just smiling, laughing,” Brooks told MMA Fighting on Wednesday, hours after he put his name on the dotted line. “I broke down into tears, man. Straight up broke down into tears. There’s a lot of work that has been put into this. Of course, as I said, the work isn’t done, but just to be able to have my foot in the door, to be pointed in the direction that I want to go to, to get that lightweight title — of course you gotta put the work in before — to see that I’m here now, it’s just overwhelming and it’s an amazing feeling. I wish everybody could feel like this every day.”
Brooks, the former Bellator lightweight champion, was let go by the promotion last month. He wasn’t upset then. Just the opposite. Brooks wanted to be in the UFC and let everyone know it on Twitter, even when he was on the Bellator roster, carrying the Bellator title.
Some said the public disclosure crippled Brooks’ bargaining power as a free agent. Yet he got what he wanted anyway: a long-term deal with the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion. Brooks said he let his manager Monte Cox worry about leverage and negotiations, while he focused on training.
“It worked out for me, because I deserved it,” Brooks said. “I’m blessed. I was giving what I deserved.”
Brooks (18-1) won’t waste much time getting into the Octagon. He’ll face Ross Pearson at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale on July 8 in Las Vegas. Pearson’s original opponent, James Krause, ….View full article
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