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Humble Brookins downplays TUF 12 Finale win, says much work to be done
by John Morgan on Aug 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm ET

LAS VEGAS – Jonathan Brookins (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) believes he'll never shake the tag of "the guy that fought Jose Aldo," but two years removed from that fateful day, the 25-year-old now has another title for life: "The Ultimate Fighter 12" winner.

Of course, despite a come-from-behind performance that will forever lay witness to his durability and drive, Brookins isn't taking too much credit for his efforts at Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale event.

Instead, the 25-year-old believes his journey as a mixed martial artist has only just begun.{ MORE }


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Following TUF 12 Finale, Jonathan Brookins eyes success in two divisions
by John Morgan on Dec 05, 2010 at 9:20 am ET

LAS VEGAS – Jonathan Brookins (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) believes he'll never shake the tag of "the guy that fought Jose Aldo," but two years removed from that fateful day, the 25-year-old now has another title for life: "The Ultimate Fighter 12" winner.

Of course, despite a come-from-behind performance that will forever lay witness to his durability and drive, Brookins isn't taking too much credit for his efforts at Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale event.

Instead, the 25-year-old believes his journey as a mixed martial artist has only just begun. { MORE }


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Targeted by Bellator lawsuit, Mickey Dubberly says company's claims inaccurate
by John Morgan on Aug 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm ET

Mickey Dubberly, the CEO of K.O. Dynasty Sports Management has a simple message for Bellator head Bjorn Rebney: Stop lying.

Dubberly and his client, Jonathan Brookins, are among the defendants targeted alongside Zuffa, LLC in a lawsuit filed today by Bellator that claim tortious interference was at play in Brookins' recent run on "The Ultimate Fighter 12."

But Dubberly told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he and Brookins took part in no such wrongdoing and that statements Rebney today made were filled with inaccurate claims.

Rebney told MMAjunkie.com that he and matchmaker Sam Caplan had been hard at work trying to arrange bouts for Brookins, but Dubberly disagrees. { MORE }


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Meet the cast for "The Ultimate Fighter 12," field includes 28 lightweights

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Aug 03, 2010 at 1:00 pm ET

Spike TV officials today unveiled the group of 28 lightweight fighters who will compete on the upcoming 12th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."

The show, which features UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and title-challenger Josh Koscheck as coaches, debuts Sept. 15 on Spike TV.

Cast members – who come from the U.S., Ireland and England – are as young as 21 and as old as 35, and notables include J.J. Ambrose, Jonathan Brookins, Mike Budnik, Nam Phan, Ariel Sexton and others who have big-stage experience.... { MORE }

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Zack Micklewright on Bart Palaszewski: "We're both hard-headed and we punch hard."
by Natalia Baage on July 11, 2010

Three days before his 24th birthday, Zack Micklewright will step into the WEC cage and face his toughest opponent yet: Bart Palaszewski.

Micklewright, a Miletich Fighting Systems product won his WEC debut against Muhsin Corbbrey late last year via unanimous decision, but a broken ankle he suffered during practice kept him from carrying out his second fight against Alex Karalexis in early 2010.

Now, the undefeated 7-0 Marine, with a 10-3-1 amateur record, will look to crush one of the WEC's best lightweight fighters on August 18 at WEC 50.

Micklewright took some time away from training to talk with FiveKnuckles.com about what it will be like to fight another Miletich prodigy, and how he got signed to the WEC... { MORE }

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Lightweights Zach Micklewright vs. Bart Palaszewski targeted for WEC 50
by Dann Stupp on Jun 09, 2010 at 12:10 pm ET

Undefeated Zach Micklewright (10-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) has agreed to meet fellow lightweight Bart Palaszewski (34-13 MMA, 3-2 WEC) in August at WEC 50.

Mickey Dubberly of KO Dynasty, which represents Micklewright, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) his client has signed for the fight. A source close to the organization confirmed the bout with MMAjunkie.com but said officials have not decided if it will be part of the night's Versus-televised main card.

WEC 50 takes place Aug. 18 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. ... { MORE }

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Fight Path: After rocky childhood, Jonathan Brookins found unlikely inspiration in Krazy Horse
by Kyle Nagel on Jun 03, 2010 at 1:50 pm ET

Almost from the moment he moved to Ocala, Fla. – after a trouble-driven separation from the Lindenwood University wrestling program and a drive to join his family on their chosen displacement from Oregon following a death in the family – Jonathan Brookins started hearing about "Krazy Horse."

"I thought he would be some Indian guy," Brookins told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

So the former state champion wrestler who had a growing interest in mixed-martial-arts started his search. He went around town asking where he could find MMA-related events and training, and the same name kept coming up. "Krazy Horse."... { MORE }

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Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver set for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale in June
by John Morgan on Apr 21, 2010 at 8:00 am ET

An intriguing lightweight matchup between two fighters looking to rebound from tough losses has been set for June's The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, as Spencer Fisher (23-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has agreed to meet Dennis Siver (15-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at the event.

K.O. Dynasty Sports Management's Mickey Dubberly informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) late Tuesday night that Fisher has already signed a bout agreement for the contest, and Siver is expected to follow suit shortly.

While not yet officially announced, The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale is expected to take place June 19 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on Spike TV... { MORE }

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Will Campuzano promoted to WEC 49 main card, meets Eddie Wineland
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on May 18, 2010 at 8:00 am ET

WEC bantamweight Will Campuzano (9-1 MMA, 1-1 WEC) delivered a "Fight of the Night" performance in WEC 46's preliminary card, now he'll get a chance to do the same on TV.

Campuzano has been pulled from a dark match against Rafel Raebello at WEC 49 in favor of a main card bout with Eddie Wineland (16-6-1 MMA, 3-2 WEC).

The switch was first reported by The Times of Northwest Indiana, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the change with sources close to the event.

Wineland was in need of a new opponent after his original opponent, Charlie Valencia, was forced off the card after suffering an injury in training.

Rebello is expected to receive a new opponent shortly... { MORE }

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Fight Path: WEC featherweight Will Campuzano refuses to stink like chicken
by Kyle Nagel on Oct 01, 2009 at 3:30 pm ET

Will Campuzano's hometown stinks like chicken.

"There's a huge factory there," Campuzano (6-0) said of Mount Pleasant, Texas, where he moved with his mother and his sister after they left Mexico when he was 2 years old. "On Fridays you can smell the chicken boiling, and it's disgusting. I can go anywhere and know that smell."

It's more than a smell he's trying to avoid. In struggling to leave that hometown and keep from becoming another of the thousands of workers in its chicken factory, Campuzano has become a skilled mixed martial arts fighter who has started his professional career 6-0.

His biggest break yet comes Oct. 10, when Campuzano will fight Damacio Page (11-4) at WEC 43. He is a late replacement in the fight for Akitoshi Tamura, who was scratched because of injury... { MORE }

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MMAjunkie.com Radio: WEC 49 fighter Will Campuzano, UFC 114 talk
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on May 25, 2010 at 11:45 am ET

MMAjunkie.com Radio today welcomes to the show WEC 49 fighter Will Campuzano, who meets Eddie Wineland on the televised main card of the June 20 event.

In addition to speaking to the bantamweight prospect and WEC 46 "Fight of the Night" award winner, the crew discusses this weekend's UFC 114 event and today's UFC-Toronto press conference.

MMAjunkie.com Radio begins at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's Race & Sports Book. Listen to and watch a video stream of the two-hour show at www.mmajunkie.com/radio.... { MORE }

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Fight Path: Fighting since age 15, Myles Jury winning quickly, moving forward slowly

by Kyle Nagel on May 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm ET

Myles Jury had to find a ride to his first mixed-martial-arts amateur fight.

It wasn't that Jury didn't have a car or that he had his license taken away because of some run-in with police, like many who have to look for friends or family to drive them.

No, Jury wasn't legally allowed to drive for a different reason: He was just 15 years old.

"I don't know how cool that was," Jury told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) with a laugh of finding a ride. "But I had some people supporting me."

Jury, who has been training in MMA since he was 13, won that first amateur fight, which began a career that has already included records of 9-1 as an amateur and 8-0 as professional. At 21, the Michigan native and San Diego resident has won his eight professional fights in a grand total of nine minutes while four of them have lasted 57 seconds or less..... { MORE }