PFL's arrival comes with perfect timing for former champ Will Brooks

CHICAGO The Professional Fighters League’s official entry into the MMA space couldn’t have come at a better time for Will Brooks.
Brooks is not too long removed from the days he was a Bellator lightweight champion, when he beat Michael Chandler in back-to-back fights. But a couple years ago, he vacated his title in Bellator and went to the UFC, and things didn’t go well.
After an opening UFC win against Ross Pearson, Brooks was stopped in three straight fights by Alex Oliveira, Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz for a three-fight skid that led to his release.
But now in the PFL, and headlining tonight’s second show in his home city of Chicago, Brooks thinks the timing is just right. There are no nerves about still being backed into a corner with three straight losses.
“All it does is get me gassed up, especially in regards to where they’re trying to go right now rebranding their promotion and organization,” Brooks on Tuesday told MMAjunkie after a workout in Chicago. “It gives me that extra boost of, we’re kind of in the same space right now where I’m trying to get back to something I’m looking for. We just blend together. I feel rejuvenated. I feel brand new. The energy just blends together.
Brooks (18-4) fights Luiz Firmino (20-8) in the lightweight main event of PFL 2 at Chicago Theatre tonight. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims streamed live on Facebook.
PFL’s inaugural season started two weeks ago. There are 12-man fields in each of six divisions. After a two-fight regular season for each of them, the top eight will qualify for the playoffs this fall, and the winners in each division will get a guaranteed $1 million prize.
That skid is not ideal, to be certain. But Brooks said he’s acutely aware of his need to bounce back, especially now, even though he can’t let it stress him out.
“I rebound from things,” Brooks said. “I’ve been competing my whole life, either on an individual level or a team sports level. You win and lose throughout as a competitor, it is what it is. If you don’t know how to bounce back, you might be in the wrong area of work. The idea of losing three fights doesn’t stay with me. I recognize it and I analyze it and I make the adjustments I need to make. Moving to a new promotion doesn’t change my mindset.”
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