Will Brooks, a former UFC fighter and Bellator lightweight champion, seems to be making a significant shift in his career path. The 36-year-old fighter picked up his fifth consecutive win last Friday, submitting Jhonasky Sojo in the third round of the Titan FC 81 main event. While Brooks had been advocating for a chance to return to the UFC or another top promotion for one last shot at glory, his post-fight interview seemed to suggest a different direction.
Rather than discussing future plans for his MMA career, Brooks removed his gloves and gave an emotional speech to the crowd. Fans were left wondering if this could be the end of his career as a mixed martial artist. While it’s always difficult to determine what a fighter may do next, Brooks’ words and actions suggest that he may be ready to move on from the sport he’s dedicated his life to.
In his post-fight speech, Brooks expressed his gratitude to everyone who has supported him throughout his career, both inside and outside of the cage. He also mentioned that he had been feeling depressed and lost in his life, and had struggled to find a sense of purpose outside of fighting. However, he went on to say that he had finally found a new direction and was excited to pursue it.
While Brooks didn’t reveal exactly what his new venture would be, he did mention that he had been working on it for a while and that he was looking forward to sharing more details soon. He also encouraged anyone in the crowd who was feeling lost or struggling with their mental health to reach out for help and support.
Brooks said, “Tonight, I think God was trying to move into my
life to let me know that this was it and I should’ve been done. I’m extremely stubborn and he knows that, but I came out here, I gave it everything I had and it just didn’t feel like I had it.”
After campaigning for an opportunity to return to the UFC or another major promotion, many fans believed that Brooks’ win in the Titan FC 81 main event could lead to his return to the big stage. However, in a post-fight interview, the 36-year-old had an unexpected message for his supporters.
In a heartwarming speech to the crowd, Brooks hinted that his time as a mixed martial artist might be coming to an end. If this is indeed the case, Brooks’ impressive career would come to a close with a record that includes a 9-1 run in Bellator and a world title reign, along with a four-fight stint in the UFC and an unbeaten three-fight appearance in the PFL.
Brooks’ career is best remembered for his two victories over Michael Chandler during his Bellator tenure. Their second meeting at Bellator 131 in November 2014 is a highlight-reel moment for the ages. In that fight, Brooks demonstrated his impressive striking and grappling skills, leading to a fourth-round finish against his opponent.
Although Brooks’ announcement may come as a surprise to some, it’s worth noting that he has been competing professionally since 2011. The gruelling nature of the sport, combined with the pressure of being a top-level athlete, can take a toll on a fighter’s body and mind. With this in mind, it’s important to respect Brooks’ decision to potentially retire from the sport.
Despite the possibility of retirement, Brooks’ legacy as a highly skilled and accomplished fighter will undoubtedly be remembered by fans and fellow fighters alike. If this is indeed the end of his MMA career, he can be proud of his accomplishments and the impact he has had on the sport.
Brooks’ speech was a touching moment that reminded fans of the sacrifices that fighters make to pursue their dreams. It’s never easy to walk away from something that you love, but it takes a tremendous amount of courage to recognize when it’s time to move on. Regardless of what Brooks decides to do next, his contributions to the sport of MMA will not be forgotten, and his legacy as a fighter will continue to inspire future generations.
As for the Titan FC 81 main event, Brooks’ win was a significant achievement, and it demonstrated his continued skill and dedication to the sport. It’s possible that he may choose to continue fighting, either with Titan FC or another promotion. However, if he does decide to retire, he will do so as a respected champion who left his mark on the sport.