Jonathan Brookins enters Saturday’s The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale card with a new sense relaxation.
Following a decision to train at the Tristar Gym in Montreal, Brookins feels like a new fighter as he sets to face Dustin Poirier.
“When I come here it feels like I haven’t done anything in two years. That’s how far behind I am and it’s real humbling,” said Brookins, during an interview with UFC.com. “I can envision myself as becoming a master of sorts at everything. It was very liberating to lose everything the way I did, to lose attachments to certain people who were kind of negative to me and situations that were negative.”
Brookins, who captured the Ultimate Fighter title in 2010, has gone 1-2 in his last three, including a submission defeat vs. Charles Oliveira earlier this year.
“I had to hit that bottom to look and accesst hings fully for what they were and putting certain things behind me so I can make some positive, solid ground,” Brookins added. “I’m not just rebuilding from one loss, I’m rebuilding my life as a whole.”