Brok Weaver to debut on DWTNCS fighting for 1,000 people

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Some fighters fight for their families. Some fighters draw inspiration from representing their team or their country. UFC hopeful Brok Weaver fights for all of his people.

“I come from a Native American tribe, a small tribe here in Alabama called the Mowa Choctaw band of Indians,” he explained to The Top Turtle MMA Podcast. “We live in this one area here, where maybe 1,000 of us live.”

And while the number 1,000 may seem small, it doesn’t seem small in the arenas Weaver has fought in, which often are filled with his supporters. Fighting out of the FightPass aired Island Fights promotion, he has rattled off 6-straight wins and each fight seems to be more packed than the last - largely with his fellow Mowas. Of course, that’s not surprising to Weaver, who says that his people have always been seen, whether fair or not, as fighters.

“All Mowa’s are known for is fighting,” Weaver said. “Everybody has these three last names that are the same; Weaver, Reed or Rivers. People know when we say our names, ‘Oh, he’s a Mowa; he’s here to cause trouble or fight.”

That stereotype isn’t necessarily a positive one, Weaver feels strongly that he can transform it that way.

“It’s a bad name that for generations we’ve had on us,” he said. “And I think I’m the only one that has taken that bad fighting spirit and name that we got on us and has pursued it to a career of something good, and my people have just been all behind me.”

The fight for Weaver and those behind him isn’t just in the cage either.

“We’re a state-recognized tribe, still battling in court to be federally recognized for a million years now,” Weaver said. “Being federally recognized means you get paid every birthday, it means you get other certain grants. We get some grants now [being stated recognized], but it’s nothing compared to getting federally recognition can be.”

As the fight rages on in the courts, Weaver wants to use his career to bring more awareness to the situation he and his people face. Getting into the UFC and in front of the audiences of ESPN would be a good start to that.

“To get the tribe more on TV, to get us out there… all [leads to] goals of being federally recognized one day, and getting my people really recognized as Native Americans instead of a bunch of mutts or mixed breeds that were called [now],” Weaver explains.

To keep moving towards that goal, Weaver will have to get past Leon Shahbazyan who he fights on June 18th’s Contender Series bout, and he’ll need to do so in impressive fashion in order to take home the contract.

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Author Daniel Vreeland is a co-founder of the Top Turtle Podcast, and a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu at New England Submission Fighting in Amherst, Massachusetts.