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Will Brooks says would-be Bellator foe Eddie Alvarez ‘can’t run’ from him this time

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Will Brooks and Eddie Alvarez were once two parts of an extremely talented triumvirate atop the Bellator MMA lightweight division, along with Michael Chandler.

Alvarez beat Chandler to win the title in 2013, but left Bellator for the UFC before he could defend it. Brooks won the interim belt while Alvarez was in limbo and then became undisputed champion with his second victory over Chandler in 2014.

Not being able to fight and beat Alvarez to win the title still irks Brooks to this day.

“I wanted to fight that guy before he left Bellator,” Brooks told MMA Fighting in a recent interview. “And I’m not gonna talk too much about Bellator because that’s the past and I’m moving forward. But I still don’t feel validated because he was the champion and he left and I didn’t get the opportunity to beat the champion to become the champion. I had to turn around and beat up his leftovers. Michael Chandler, I had to beat him up twice just to feel somewhat validated. That felt good to me.”

Brooks signed with the UFC himself last month and has been booked to face Ross Pearson at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale on July 8 in Las Vegas. One night earlier in Vegas, Alvarez will challenge for the UFC lightweight title against champion Rafael dos Anjos.

With or without the title, Alvarez is in Brooks’ sights, the talented American Top Team product said.

“I told Eddie before, I told people before,” Brooks said. “He’s on my list. He got out of that ass whooping that one time. He can’t run this time. Where else is he gonna go? Is he gonna go back to Bellator, go somewhere else? Man, he can’t run.”

Brooks (18-1), who has not lost a fight since being knocked out by ….View full article

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