Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Will Brooks entered the UFC on an eight-fight win streak, as the Bellator MMA lightweight champion, with back-to-back wins over Michael Chandler. ‘Ill’ Will started in the UFC with a win over Ross Pearson, but then he lost via TKO to Alex Oliveira and via submission to Charles Oliveira and Nick Lentz.

Then he was cut. Now he has signed with Professional Fighters League, and has a spot in the PFL $1 million lightweight tournament.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said Brooks to Damon Martin for MMAWeekly. “I’m really getting deeper in my faith recently and I’ve just been praying on a lot of things and taking those last three losses and I was in a really dark place trying to find answers. I realized that I didn’t have the answers so I just started praying and asking for help and I truly believe my Lord and my savior put me in a position where he’s like, ‘He’s finally given over control so I’m going to bless him with a great opportunity’ and all of a sudden Professional Fighters League pops up. They’re kind of in this process of a rebirth and a rebuilding phase and I’m in that same mindset right now.”

Brooks also discussed what went wrong in the UFC.

“If I’m being honest about some of the process I went through with my previous training camps preparing for fights, I was cutting corners,” conceded Brooks. “I was putting a lot of my energy into being an at home dad, being the best husband I could be, being the best parent I could be and laying that foundation and I put a lot of energy into that. I was neglecting what I needed to do in the gym.”

Brooks returned devotion to training will be put to the test Thursday night at PFL 2 on the NBC Sports Network. The event also features the debut of world and Olympic Judo champion Kayla Harrison.