Following Will Brooks' controversial win for the Bellator interim lightweight title against Michael Chandler, Bellator's Bjorn Rebney stated that champion Eddie Alvarez was still able to request a fight with Chandler instead of Brooks. Apparently this was something built into Alvarez's contract, meaning that Brooks could have his shot at the full lightweight title delayed because the man he just beat will get first crack.
That led to Brooks going on a bit of a rant on Twitter last night, blasting a system he says he's determined to change.
Here's the complete Will Brooks Twitter rant:
I honestly couldn't careless about what Bellator does next. I'll be here getting better and ready to fight anyone anytime. #anyonecangetit— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) May 19, 2014
Like it or not I won the belt. I don't care what Bjorn or Bellator does next, go do Chandler/Alvarez III I don't care #nofucksaregiven— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) May 20, 2014
Bjorn's not going to send 1 of Bellator's poster boys to the back of the line and back in the tournament. Let's stop playing games— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) May 20, 2014
I honestly don't need the Bellator belt to be champion I just want to get better as a fighter and change the way things work now.— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) May 20, 2014
I paid Chandler respect said "with or without a belt Chandler is a champion still" he can't show the same respect fine lets do it again bro— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) May 20, 2014
We the fighters break our necks, grind, suffer, and sacrifice in the gym to battle and entertain. And for what? To be taken advantage of— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) May 20, 2014
Some people believe Chandler beat me and that's fine your entitled to your opinions. But this fight I took wasn't about a win or the belt— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) May 20, 2014
I took the fight against Chandler because I believe 100% that it's time for a change in the organization so I put myself out there— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) May 20, 2014
Brooks joins a long tradition of Bellator fighters who have been unhappy with the promotion.
Alvarez had a long contract battle that ended up in court, Muhammad Lawal lost his mind on Rebney both before and after Bellator 120, Patricio Freire has gone off about Bellator passing up tournament winners to get favorable match-ups, Attila Vegh claimed to be healthy when he was light heavyweight champion but was treated as injured allowing the promotion to book their desired Lawal vs. Newton rematch...and so on.