After capturing a "six-figure contract" at the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 back in December 2010, UFC prospect Jonathan Brookins is returning to the Spike TV airwaves.
But it won't be at lightweight.
"JB" will instead drop down to the featherweight division for a scrap against feisty fight monger Erik Koch at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 25: "Battle on the Bayou" event this Saturday night (Sept. 17) in New Orleans.
Brookins (12-3) was last seen surviving the offensive stylings of fellow finalist Michael Johnson (and a lawsuit from Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney) to capture the TUF crown on season 12 of the popular reality series.
He's currently enjoying a four-fight winning streak and hasn't tasted defeat since being crushed by Brazilian butt-kicker Jose Aldo way back at WEC 36 in late 2008.
Perhaps that loss to "Junior" explains his current role of underdog at +165 for "The Battle on the Bayou."
Koch is just 22-years old and already sports an impressive record of 11-1 in his budding professional career. "The New Breed" is fresh off two straight destructive knockouts against Francisco Rivera and Raphael Assuncao, respectively, both of which earned him "Knockout of the Night" honors.
Koch brings the same level of excitement as his stablemates and the oddsmakers have rewarded him with a -210 betting line.
Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch at UFC Fight Night 25. Who ya got?
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