twitter google

Former TUF Winner Jonathan Brookins Excited To Be Facing Charles Oliveira At TUF Live Finale

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!”

Photo credit: Combat Lifestyle

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

Bellator 159: Caldwell vs. Taimanglo

Event Date: July 22, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC on FOX 20: Holm vs. Shevchenko

Event Date: July 23, 2016
Broadcast: Fox, UFC Fight Pass

UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley

Event Date: July 30, 2016
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 92: Rodriguez vs. Caceres

Event Date: August 6, 2016
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2

Event Date: August 20, 2016
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull

Event Date: August 26, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV