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Will Brooks on UFC fighter pay: 'Stop complaining about not getting something you didn't deserve'

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Fighter pay in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) has long been a hot topic, and with the recent class action lawsuit filed by Jon Fitch, Nate Quarry, and Cung Le against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the talks have heated up as of late.

While some fighters added fuel to the fire, such as UFC veteran Cody McKenzie and the disgruntled Wanderlei Silva, one top-tier MMA fighter decided to go against the grain, telling fighters to stop complaining about money they do not deserve.

Bellator MMA lightweight champion Will Brooks took the time today to post a lengthy message to MMA fighters, explaining his thoughts on how to get paid handsomely in the sport today.

In the fourth paragraph, Brooks took aim at fighters that complain about money they have yet to earn:

Stop complaining about not getting something that you didn't work for and didn't deserve. I'm a champion and my bank account is mighty healthy. Why? Because I put the work in, understood the process, didn't complain on facebook, showed up, WON, and now I reap the benefits.

That's one way of looking at it (Sorry Barao).

Does Brooks have a leg to stand on, or is he in a whole different world in the land of Viacom and Bellator? Could it be that Bellator rewards their fighters more than UFC does?

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