Everyone should know by now what a hug fan of MMA I am, so I was happy to watch Brookins beat Johnson in the Ultimate Fighter Finale last night. In doing so, I noticed once again another analogy to hard work and patience to reach your goals.
Johnson came out swinging and hit Brookins with several shots and while Brookins looked a bit concerned, I knew he was going to recover and do his thing. Johnson seemed like he was breathing heavy by the end of the first round. For round two, Brookins got Johnson down on the ground and it seemed like he didn’t let him up again until the final bell. When the judge’s made their decision, it was clear Brookins had won the fight with his sheer persistence to keep Johnson down on the ground. With GSP (Georges St. Pierre) having been his coach all season, I could see that Brookins had listened to his coach. I was surprised that Joe Rogan didn’t mention it during the commentary.
During the pre-fight interviews, they showed Brookins’ training camp and it seemed pretty intense. Not a moment was wasted and his focus just seemed more intense than Johnson’s. He said he wanted to show his little brother that you could do anything with hard work and he KNEW he would win Ultimate Fighter. He believed so much that I believed it too when some said Johnson’s power would take him out in round one.
So whatever your goals are, Weight Loss, Muscle Building, to be the top MMA fighter in next season’s Ultimate Fighter Finale, take a note from Brookins and remember it is not the sprinter that wins the marathon.