TUF 12 Winner Jonathan Brookins Leaving MMA to Pursue Other Passions

Ultimate Fighter winners have come and gone in the UFC with some turning out be champions and others left to bounce around the regional scene in hopes of recapturing the same thunder responsible for first bringing them to the public’s attention. However, in the case of TUF 12’s last man standing – Jonathan Brookins – neither scenario will be the case.

Rather, the 27-year old Brookins has decided he’s done with MMA for the time being and plans to go to India in hopes of gaining enlightenment. The 13-6 Brookins explained his decision had to do with his dwindling passion about life in the Octagon, a matter he went into detail on in a recent interview…

“It’s not hard to make a career in the UFC. If you really want it, you can make it happen. I think I just talked myself 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’m looking for a mindset to exist better. I think that I can find a happiness about myself, a way of living, where my constitution is more sound. I think that martial arts has been a positive, but it hasn’t been as much as it could be. I want to find martial arts for real. Yoga just seems to me like one of the oldest forms of martial arts. It seems like the very beginning. When the Shaolin monks wanted to learn to fight, there was a yoga teacher who taught the monks how to exercise and how to defend themselves – how to properly prepare themselves, prepare their bodies, prepare their minds. So starting with yoga just seems so natural to me.”

“I want to say something with my fighting. I want to find the truth. We have the potential for greater consciousness. I want to abstain from this world and tap into the human soul and see what it’s like to live.”

“All the things I didn’t learn in fighting to better myself I feel like I can explore in this avenue. If it means extra effort or extra solitude, I’m going to pursue this harder than I even pursued fighting. I feel like it could make me a much better fighter, but if it leads me to not fight again, I think I would be okay with that.”

SOURCE: Fight Land
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