It has been three days since UFC Fight Night 96 has taken place and it seems like the bad blood between former Bellator MMA Lightweight Champion Will Brooks and Alex Oliveira is now spilling over into the gym that they both train at in American Top Team (ATT).
"I don’t care what people say or don’t say, he started it after the weigh-in by calling me names, my manager and my coaches…He crossed the line, he didn’t need that. After the fight, I exaggerated, I crossed the line, and I apologize to everyone, but I will never apologize to him. I don’t regret what I did to him. We apologized to him for missing weight, said that we would understand if he doesn’t wanted to fight anymore. He accepted to fight, but then he completely changed," Oliveira said. "He started insulting me and my family. During the fight, I knew I’d be too much for him. And he’s lucky I only hit him with my left hand. If I hit him with the right hand, I’d have cut his face up” said Oliveira.
Oliveira then spoke about training at the same camp as Brooks, something that has turned into an explosive situation in recent days.
"I’ll still train at ATT. I won’t think twice about it," Oliveira said. "If he tries something there, things will get ugly. I always train there, and that won’t change because of the things he did this week. That’s between us. We’re two men, and if he started it, he has to deal with it. I’m a cool guy, I won’t do anything if he doesn’t. I don’t like this, but he crossed the line."
Brooks took to his Twitter account to issue a brief statement about what he thinks will happen if Oliveira does continue to train at ATT. The post has since been removed, but was pretty volatile.
“I promise you as long as I'm at ATT you and your scumbag cheating coaches and manager won't step foot in that gym.”
— Will Brooks (@TRILLwillbrooks)
Brooks is currently healing from a rib injury suffered in the fight with Oliveira. Oliveira is likely to move up to 170 pounds.