"It's a crazy journey. Everything's a learning process. Each time, I don't want to be my hardest critic but I just see so much that I have to improve on in order to really be competitive in this game. I'm kind of just getting by, it feels like, in a sense. I feel like there is a little bit more pressure slightly now to really step up and to really perform. I think that's just where my sights are set now, to really play the part, to really improve in the areas that are necessary in order to be a competitive factor in the UFC."
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins knows the pressure will be relentless now that he's officially employed by the world's largest and most visible fight promotion. After Michael Johnson bludgeoned him mercilessly in the first round, the Gracie Barra trained fighter finally got the takedowns he needed to work his top control game en route to winning the coveted glass trophy. It will only get tougher from here but Brookins is ready and willing to put the work in to be a force in the UFC. After his performance last night (Dec. 4), do you Maniacs think he can make any noise in the suddenly crowded lightweight division? Would he be better served to drop back down to featherweight? Let's hear your thoughts.