Brookins looking for relevance as featherweight

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Brookins defeated Michael Johnson to earn his UFC contract. But after his success on the show, Brookins fell into a series of injuries that led to canceled fights. Now, back to full health and in a new division, he faces rising prospect Erik Koch at UFC Fight Night 25 this weekend in New Orleans

“The injury that happened before my last fight was the reason for the drop to 145 pounds. I had always kept it in mind that dropping down a weight class was something that I could do in my career, but I was going to wait until there was something that dictated me making that decision. The injury didn’t force me to go down to 145, but I took it as a sign

“These were the things that were happening to me and it helped make that decision. I always knew there would be a reason to go down a weight class, and instead of sitting around and waiting for that reason, I took the opportunity to go down and fight at a weight I am comfortable at.”

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