On Tuesday afternoon, No. 3 seeded Professional Fighters League lightweight “Ill” Will Brooks discusses his upcoming fight against No. 1 seeded Robert Watley at PFL 5. PFL 5 takes place Thursday evening at NYCB Live – Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York. Fights start at 6 PM EST. on Facebook Watch, followed by the main card at 9 PM on NBC Sports Network.
Brooks (19-4) and Watley (11-1), each won their respective bouts at PFL 2, in Chicago, Illinois. Winner of this fight can very well determine the number one seed for the lightweight (155-pounds) division heading into the inaugural PFL playoffs. Brooks made it clear he believes Watley only earned those five bonus points due to a “Nut Shot”.
The former Bellator MMA lightweight champion, now fighting under the PFL banner showed a very focused and determined fighter as he spoke to the media after his open workout inside Longo and Weidman MMA (LAW-MMA) gym. A favorite to win the PFL tournament is coming off an impressive unanimous decision victory against Luiz Firmino (20-9).
In the media scrum, the American Top Team fighter explains how he doesn’t have to dip back to his wrestling roots to win this fight against Watley because the work ethic is ingrained in him since the beginning. He mentions how he used to wrestle all season, work all summer, and then play football throughout high school and that focus and determined mentality he displayed speaking to the media shows inside the cage when fights.
This fight between Watley, who is currently the No. 1 seed with five points, and Brooks, the No. 3 seed with three points could very well determine the top seed for the PFL inaugural tournament. Brooks made it clear that seeding means nothing to him and that he has to win one fight at a time.
Hailing from Chicago, Brooks brings a real New England Patriots mentality to the game. Brooks and Watley are fighting on the main card in the third bout which is aired at 9 PM on NBC Sports Network.
“Ill’ Will Brooks PFL 5 Open Workout Media Scrum:
Will Brooks PFL 5 Media scrum open workout. This video is sponsored by Pure Spectrum CBD. Use the link below and get 10% off all products by using our code CCMMA. https://www.purespectrumcbd.com/?ref=111 july 31, 2018
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).