Brookins doesn't have the slightest bit of an ego. Watch the Ultimate Fighter season he was on to see proof of this.
He was an amazing dude.
His defense was brutal in this fight but I think he'll tighten that up also, certainly didn't help facing one of the better strikers in the division. His striking improved so much in a relatively short time at tri star, I think we can expect the progression to continue.
Sounds like Brookins is done with MMA. Didn't rule out a return in the future but this doesn't sound like a guy who is fighting anytime soon....
"I think I just talked myself out of really wanting it. I don't know if I talked myself out of it or if I really don't want it anymore. That made it tough to keep going and to fight last weekend. I didn't really have much fight left in me. I kind of hit a dead end.
I definitely had my mind on other things I wanted to do and pursue. I just stopped believing in the fight business and stopped believing in what it was I was even doing. I just didn't quite understand. There wasn't much that I wanted about that (Poirier) fight."
"I think I was ready to go to India and learn something else. Pursuing this sport with the mindset that I have is counterproductive. It didn't make sense. Mindset is everything. If this is what I'm going to do with the rest of my life it can't just be a circular argument. It can't just be about nothing. This quest to be a fighter has gotten to be frivolous, to be the wrong pursuit. I know it can be pursued the right way, but I know I'm not anywhere close to it. I'm not really down to live this temporary, right-now way of life."