Jonathan Brookins nearly saw the biggest opportunity of his life turn into his worst nightmare. Thankfully for the lightweight, he realized the face-to-fist defense he was executing in the 1stRound against Michael Johnson in the finals of “The Ultimate Fighter 12” wasn’t gonna cut it.
Brookins took a unanimous decision win over his fellow TUF 12 teammate, despite eating countless shots to the dome in the opening round. Johnson appeared well on his way to pulling off the upset, but Brookins bounced back to convincingly outwrestle Johnson in the final two stanzas.
“I was stunned,” Brookins said of the opening five minutes. “Typical Michael Johnson, just beating up on people.”
Brookins showed exceptional submission skills on the reality show, and it was clear that the canvas was where he’d capture the six-figure UFC contract on Saturday.
Although he swept the 155-pound tournament, the up-and-comer’s standup game left a lot to be desired. Thankfully, the humble 25-year-old was the first to admit a long road lies ahead. He’s off to a solid UFC start, nonetheless.
“You know, my game’s still got a lot to improve on, Brookins said. “I want to just invite everybody to come along for the ride with me because I got a lot of improvements to do. So if they’re with me, I’d love to improve with you guys watching.”
The guy that had nothing not too long ago currently has the world in the palm of his hand. Brookins is now a real-life reality dream come true.