Jonathan Brookins didn’t waste any time before getting back inside the Octagon following a loss to Erik Koch last year.
Brookins, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, downed Vagner Rocha via first round knockout earlier this year, improving to 2-1 in the UFC and 13-4 in his MMA career
Now, the Oregon-native is set to face off with Charles Oliveira at The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale on June 1. In a recent exclusive interview with MMA Convert, Brookins discussed the need to bounce right back from the loss to Koch.
“It was very, very, very important to rebound after the Koch fight,” Brookins said. “I feel like losing to Koch taught (me) that I need to fight. Before that, I think I thought I could just get away with coasting in there and just holding somebody down. It took someone like Koch to kind of nullify that and wake me up a little bit.”
Brookins defeated Michael Johnson in the finals of TUF. He has been inside the cage with current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, falling to “Scarface” via third round TKO back in 2008. Since the Koch defeat, Brookins feels like he has placed himself in a better position mentally and physically.
“I wasn’t in a good place mentally before that fight,” Brookins said, “but that was a great wake up call!”
As for the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, Brookins said, “I have not watched one episode because I don’t have cable, but I will say my college roommate Mike Rio is on the show. Small world huh? Go Mike!”
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