TORONTO - Some fighters force themselves to watch the tape of a disappointing loss.
By pinpointing the errors made inside the cage, they hope to then iron out the flaws in their overall game.
But as far as featherweight Jonathan Brookins is concerned, there’s no need for him to relive his unanimous-decision loss to Erik Koch at UFC Fight Night 25 on Sept. 17.
It’s etched in his mind.
“No, I haven’t looked at the tape yet,” Brookins said while in Toronto to host a series to seminars sponsored by Jakt Apparel. “I know in my head all the problems that made it such a terrible fight. Rather than look at that terrible performance, I’d just like to focus on doing the right things in my everyday life.
“It just kind of motivated me a little bit to be more ambitious about my career and take more initiative outside the ring so that when I’m inside the ring it shows.”
If the fight had been an all-out war, Brookins could at least take some solace in knowing fans got their money’s worth. But much of the bout saw the winner of the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter repeatedly attempt ill-fated takedowns, while getting picked apart in the striking exchanges.
Brookins said part of the loss can be attributed to the fact that he’s still tweaking the formula for his training camps.
“I don’t do that well in-house; I’ve been noticing that when I’m back home I keep to myself too much,” Brookins said. “I’m trying to fine-tune my training style and I think I need to spend time away from Florida, but not too long — maybe two weeks at a time.
“Since The Ultimate Fighter I’ve just wanted to spend more time with John Danaher, the jiu jitsu coach up at Renzo Gracie’s in New York. So I think that’s something I’m going to try to pursue. I never really pursued it after the show. In six weeks, he just did such a phenomenal job in changing who we were as people. So I’d definitely like to try and spend a little bit more time around him.”
Though Brookins doesn’t have an opponent lined up for his next fight, the UFC brass told him to be ready to go in January. He said he may even reach out to MMA bad boy Charles (Krazy Horse) Bennett, who took Brookins under his wing when he first wanted to get into MMA.
“I don’t train as much with him as I used to,” Brookins said. “I’d love to, man. I need to get back in touch with him. Sometimes we just drift in and out of each other’s lives. He’ll go to another state and I’ll do the same.
“He was crucial to the early portion of my career because I would have never had the drive and desire to want to move up in this sport if I didn’t see somebody (succeed). Right when I met him he was still fighting in PRIDE. Here I was, just some kid, 20 years old, wanting to change my life and I get to see this guy who gets to go to Japan and he’d come back with like $10,000. I was just like, man, I want to do that, too. So I really looked up to him in the beginning of his career.
“That’s when I saw this sport open some great doors for people.”
TRUTH ABOUT BACKSTAGE BRAWL
One of the old MMA tales hardcore fans have beaten to death debating is Charles (Krazy Horse) Bennett’s claim he knocked out Wanderlei Silva during the now-infamous backstage brawl with the Chute Boxe Academy at PRIDE Shockwave 2005 in Saitama, Japan.
In the video (http://tinyurl.com/bennett-silva) you can see Bennett attack Cristiano Marcello, while Silva and the other Chute Boxe members watch. The fight ends with Bennett being choked unconscious from a triangle choke, but prior to the hold there’s an obvious edit in the footage. Bennett is seen on top of Marcello when the video then cuts to him completely trapped in the choke. The clip fades with a surprised Bennett waking up.
After getting to his feet, the then-lightweight fighter claims he picked up his jacket and delivered a one-punch knockout to Silva, who was PRIDE’s 205-pound champion at the time.
Many have dismissed the story, but Jonathan Brookins said his former training partner is no liar.
“It’s a true story; I’ve heard confirmations from numerous people,” Brookins told QMI Agency. “One time somebody brought him a magazine when he was travelling to Japan. Somebody gave him a Russian magazine and it had an article with his picture, but everything was in Russian. My mom can speak Russian a little bit … He brought it back and it told that exact story, exactly how Charles puts it.
“He doesn’t lie. Charles, he’s not one of those guys to make up a story like that. I would definitely believe him 100% of the time on that one.”