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Will Brooks enters PFL tourney following UFC release

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Former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks was expected to do big things when he transitioned to the ranks of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) back in late 2015, thanks to a 17-1 record and an eight-fight win streak.

Then came a dreadful 1-3 run in which he was finished three times and that, as they say, was that.

“Unfortunately, I under performed with the UFC and didn’t achieve the goal I wanted to with that opportunity,” Brooks wrote on Instagram after being cut by UFC. “I regret nothing, I took a chance at something I wanted and came up short. The fighter [and] competitor in me is highly disappointed with myself for allowing things to get away from me. The UFC chapter is closed for now.”

Brooks (18-4) has a million reasons to feel better about his UFC release after hooking up with Professional Fighters League (PFL), joining the promotion’s upcoming tournament with a seven-figure grand prize.

At just 31 years of age, “Ill” Will still has plenty of time to work his way back to UFC.