Jonathan Brookins

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Jonathan Brookins
Born (1985-08-13) August 13, 1985 (age 32)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Residence Montreal, Canada
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 126 lb (57 kg; 9.0 st)
Division Flyweight
Bantamweight (current)
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)
Fighting out of Orlando, Florida, United States
Team Tristar Gym
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2006–2012 2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 16
By knockout 3
By submission 9
By decision 4
Losses 10
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 7
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jonathan Quinn Brookins[1] (born August 13, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist who competed as a featherweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Brookins has mostly fought in Florida, as well as competing in The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. On December 4, 2010, Brookins defeated Michael Johnson to become the Ultimate Fighter and earn a contract with the UFC. During his time at Lindenwood University he was also the college roommate of former fellow UFC fighter Mike Rio.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]


Brookins was introduced to mixed martial arts by Charles Bennett. After meeting him and training with him, Brookins made his professional MMA debut against Allen Berube, a TUF 5 veteran. Having only trained in wrestling, Brookins surprised himself by winning via KO in under twenty seconds.[3]

Brookins has mostly fought at featherweight, most notably in World Extreme Cagefighting where he lost to José Aldo via TKO in the third round. Brookins would later rebound at Bellator 1 where he defeated Stephen Ledbetter via submission (rear naked choke).

Brookins then won two fights in G-Force fights, the most notable being a submission victory over Luis Palomino.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Brookins then signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to compete in The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.[4]

In the debut episode, Brookins faced fellow wrestler Ran Weathers. Brookins would go on to take a unanimous decision victory in two rounds.[5] Following this, Brookins was selected by Team GSP. Brookins was GSPs second pick and the fourth overall.[6]

Brookins was picked by GSP to face Sevak Magakian in the preliminary house fights. Brookins faked a takedown, which fooled Magakian. Brookins was then able to take down Magakian before attempting a standing rear naked choke. Brookins eventually secured the submission at 2:04 of the opening round.[7]

In the quarter-finals, Brookins faced Judo specialist Sako Chivitchian. Brookins was able to throw Chivitchian to the mat, which forced Chivitchian to try to stand up. Brookins then got hooks in and worked for a rear naked choke, eventually sealing it soon after, to advance to the semi-finals.[8]

In the semi-final round, Brookins faced teammate Kyle Watson. In a somewhat lopsided bout, Brookins controlled Watson on the ground to take a 30–27 judges decision.[9] The win moved Brookins into the finals against Michael Johnson.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Brookins defeated Michael Johnson at The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale. In the first round, Brookins was dominated on the feet by Johnson. However, he pulled through and used his wrestling to edge rounds 2 and 3, taking the unanimous decision to become The Ultimate Fighter.

Brookins was expected to face John Makdessi on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129.[10] However, Brookins was pulled from the bout and replaced by Kyle Watson.[11]

Brookins was expected to face Jeremy Stephens on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.[12] However, Brookins was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by Danny Downes.[13]

Brookins returned to featherweight for his next fight and faced Erik Koch on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25.[14] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Brookins was expected to face Rani Yahya on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1.[15] However, Yahya was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Vagner Rocha.[16] Brookins won via KO in the first round.

Brookins faced Charles Oliveira on June 1, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale.[17] He lost the fight via submission due to an anaconda choke in the second round.

Brookins next faced Dustin Poirier on December 15, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale.[18] He lost the back-and-forth fight via submission in the first round.

On December 21, 2012, Brookins decided to retire from MMA in order to move to India and devote his time to practicing Yoga full-time.[19]

Legacy Fighting Championship[edit]

On January 24, 2014 it was announced that Brookins would return from his retirement to fight for Legacy Fighting Championship. He dropped down to the Flyweight division to make his debut on March 21 at Legacy FC 29 against Cody Fuller.[20] Brookins was victorious in his flyweight debut with a second round submission finish. He then faced Austin Lyons in a bantamweight bout at Legacy FC 34 on August 29, 2014.[21] Brookins lost the fight via unanimous decision.[22]


Brookins made his Pancrase debut at Pancrase 262 in a non-title fight taking on the Pancrase Bantamweight Champion Shintaro Ishiwatari .[23] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–10 Decky Dalton Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 28 February 24, 2017 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Loss 15–10 Kyle Nelson Decision (split) Z Promotions: Fight Night Medicine Hat 2 October 28, 2016 3 5:00 Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Loss 15–9 Tom Niinimäki Decision (unanimous) Euro FC 1 October 1, 2016 3 5:00 Espoo, Finland
Loss 15–8 Shintaro Ishiwatari Decision (unanimous) Pancrase 279 July 24, 2016 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–7 Shintaro Ishiwatari Decision (unanimous) Pancrase 262 November 1, 2014 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Non Title Fight
Loss 14–7 Austin Lyons Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 34 August 29, 2014 3 5:00 Tunica, Mississippi, United States Bantamweight bout.
Win 14–6 Cody Fuller Submission (rear-naked choke) Legacy FC 29 March 21, 2014 2 3:02 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Flyweight Debut. 128 lb catchweight; Brookins missed weight.
Loss 13–6 Dustin Poirier Submission (D'arce choke) The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale December 15, 2012 1 4:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–5 Charles Oliveira Submission (anaconda choke) The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale June 1, 2012 2 2:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–4 Vagner Rocha KO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger February 15, 2012 1 1:32 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Loss 12–4 Erik Koch Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger September 17, 2011 3 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Return to Featherweight
Win 12–3 Michael Johnson Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale December 4, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter Season 12
Win 11–3 Yosdenis Cedeno Decision (unanimous) G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 3 February 4, 2010 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 10–3 Luis Palomino Submission (rear-naked choke) G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 2 September 26, 2009 2 1:44 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Win 9–3 Stephen Ledbetter Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 1 April 3, 2009 1 3:32 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 8–3 José Aldo TKO (punches) WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown November 5, 2008 3 0:45 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 8–2 Jose Santibanez Submission (rear-naked choke) South Coast Promotions July 18, 2008 1 2:07 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 7–2 Greg Loughran Decision (split) Cage Warriors: USA Battle Royale March 29, 2008 3 5:00 Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Win 7–1 Jose Figueroa Submission (guillotine choke) WEF: King of the Streets December 1, 2007 1 2:47 Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Win 6–1 Donald Brook Submission (punches) Harmful Intent Promotions 2 November 3, 2007 1 0:35 Estero, Florida, United States
Win 5–1 Yves Jabouin Submission (elbows) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 2 June 30, 2007 2 3:35 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Loss 4–1 Harris Sarmiento Decision (unanimous) Shakedown: Maui vs. Oahu May 19, 2007 3 5:00 Hawaii, United States
Win 4–0 Sean Bartlett TKO (punches) Combat Fighting Championships 3 February 17, 2007 1 4:05 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Ryan Nakamura Submission (rear-naked choke) Combat Fighting Championship 2 September 23, 2006 1 1:09 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 2–0 York Ash Submission (guillotine choke) Full Throttle 8 August 11, 2006 1 3:58 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 1–0 Allen Berube KO (punch) Combat Fighting Championship July 15, 2006 1 0:19 Orlando, Florida, United States


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  11. ^ "John Makdessi meets Kyle Watson, not Jonathan Brookins, at UFC 129". January 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Jeremy Stephens vs. Jonathan Brookins likely for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale". Archived from the original on 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  13. ^ "Downes replaces injured Brookins at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale". May 10, 2011. Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch slated for UFC Fight Night 25 "Bayou" event". 2011-06-11. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. 
  15. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Yahya vs. Brookins". December 14, 2011. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  16. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Brookins vs. Rocha". January 5, 2012. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Jonathan Brookins vs Charles Oliveira booked for June 1 in Las Vegas". April 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Dustin Poirier set to face Jonathan Brookins at TUF 16 Finale". October 21, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Broke Jonathan Brookins lost belief in fighting and himself; headed for spiritual journey to India". December 20, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Legacy FC signs 'TUF 12' champ Jonathan Brookins, who's headed to flyweight". January 24, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Henry Cejudo, Jonathan Brookins Added to Legacy FC 34 in Mississippi". July 8, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Legacy FC 34 results: Brian Hall, Austin Lyons score upset wins". August 30, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Jonathan Brookins-Shintaro Ishiwatari Bantamweight Bout Added to Pancrase 262". September 29, 2014. 

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