|From:||Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro Brazil|
|Fights Out Of:||Pembroke Pines, FL USA|
|Height:||5' 10" ( 177 cm )|
|Weight:||155 lb ( 70 kg )|
UFC Fight Night Sydney Event on November 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Image)Nov 08, 2014
UFC Fight Night Sydney Weigh-In on November 7th, 2014 in Sydney, Australia (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Nov 07, 2014
Feb 15, 2012
An excited Jonathan Brookins talks about his knockout of Vagner Rocha, the role adrenaline played in the win, and what his future holds.Feb 15, 2012 1:15
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Strikeforce - Fedor vs. WerdumJun 26, 2010
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TRAINING: Every day it changes, but usually I do sparring in the morning, conditioning in the afternoon and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to finish the day.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training years after the first UFC. I watched the Gracie family showcase their BJJ in the Octagon and I quickly became a fan. Then I realized that I wanted to learn the art of fighting and there was no other way but to learn BJJ with it. Eventually I found a BJJ gym in Florida, Team Popovitch, who helped guide me into my dreams today.
What ranks and titles have you held? Fight Time Lightweight Championship and ISKA Lightweight Championship. I also have lots of titles in BJJ such as: North American ADCC Trials Champion, 3rd Abu Dhabi World Pro Weight & Absolute, several times NAGA and Grapplers Quest Champion, Brown Belt Pan American Champion, 3rd Brown Belt Gi Worlds.
Do you have any heroes? I'm a really big fan of Renzo Gracie, Wanderlei Silva, Minotauro.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything. It means I will have the chance to show people what I do best and to be recognized for my talent. I want to build a legacy, to be remembered and not quickly forgotten like a lot of other guys. That's why fighting in the UFC is so important to me because once I step into that Octagon, people will never forget me.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Only college I went to was the BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU CENTER, that's where I got my Black Belt degree.
What was your job before you started fighting? Back in the days I used to work in construction. Now I teach BJJ.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Victory over Igor Gracie. It had to be a turning point in my MMA career.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Second degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
Favorite grappling technique: Full guard
Favorite striking technique: Straight right hand
• Eight wins by submission (2 triangle, 3 rear naked, 3 armbar), one by knockout
• Pro since 2009
• Defeated Igor Gracie via decision in 2009 bout
• Five first round finishes
• Origin of nickname: “Ceara is a city of Northern Brazil, where most men from this city are hard-working and tough.”