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Will Brooks slams Bellator brass in lengthy Twitter tirade

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Will Brooks wasn't happy with how Liam McGeary was treated on Saturday night at Bellator: Dynamite 1 and the entire situation set him off.

The Bellator lightweight champion slammed promotion executives on Twitter, saying that they respect the new signees more than the tenured Bellator fighters. Brooks was angry that McGeary, the light heavyweight champion, was not given a proper post-fight interview, getting interrupted by Tito Ortiz and then Phil Davis.

Brooks, McGeary and other champions like Patricio Freire are holdovers from Bellator's previous regime under Bjorn Rebney. Viacom bought Bellator from Rebney in 2011 and dismissed the former owner last year to bring on Scott Coker. Brooks acknowledged that things have been better under Coker, but he still has a problem with how he and others are treated.

On Saturday night, McGeary beat Ortiz by first-round submission. Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith attempted to interview McGeary afterward, but Ortiz was in close proximity and ended up doing most of the talking. Then, Davis was brought in to hype up the next title fight since Davis won the one-night, four-man tournament earlier in the evening.

Davis is a recent signee from the UFC and making his Bellator debut. Josh Thomson also debuted for Bellator the card after a run in the UFC. Since Coker took over, there has been some significant roster turnover, but the core fighters like Brooks and McGeary have been kept in place.

Brooks will defend his belt against Marcin Held in the co-main event of Bellator 145: Vengeance on Nov. 6 in St. Louis. The 28-year-old Chicago native has won seven straight fights and is one of Bellator's pound-for-pound best fighters.

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