Featherweight Jonathan Brookins will look to start his first winning streak under the Zuffa banner on June 1 when he faces polished Brazilian Charles Oliveira at the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. The 13-4 Brookins is coming off a 92-second knockout of Vagner Rocha in his previous pairing.
Brookins’ bout with Oliveira was announced earlier today by the UFC along with other match-ups between John Albert-Byron Bloodworth and Pat Schilling-Max Holloway. The show is headlined by what should be a welterweight war between Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann and will of course feature the season-ending effort from the last two lightweights standing on TUF 15.
“Do Bronx” will also be out to string a pair of victories together after falling in his last two fights at 155 pounds. Oliveira found submission success in his featherweight debut this past January, locking in a lovely Calf-Slicer to take out Eric Wisely. The finish marked the eighth tap-out of his career with six other wins by way of TKO.
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MMATraining Take: This is a perfectly acceptable bout between two young and talented competitors. Both are familiar with finishing foes whether standing or on the ground so their meeting is ripe with entertainment potential, plus I always like the idea of a former TUF winner like Brookins fighting on a TUF Finale.