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Jonathan Brookins Talks Lessons Learned From “TUF” Coaches, Being The Smarter Fighter

Lightweight fighter Jonathan Brookins defeated his The Ultimate Fighter 12 teammate Kyle Watson to earn himself a spot in the finals of the TUF 12 competition opposite Michael Johnson. He and Johnson will square off this Saturday night in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale and the 25-year old former featherweight caught up with MMA Heat during today’s open workouts to discuss the bout and to reveal some of the things he learned during his time on the show.

“I’m gonna have to be the smarter fighter,” Brookins said of taking on Johnson, a fellow TUF 12 teammate. “I know I’m not gonna take away from his talents and abilities–that’s always gonna be there. Some people choose to fight fire with fire and I’ll test that for awhile but then I’ll go my other angles. Just use my wits while I’m in there and hopefully come out dominant.”

Brookins will do his best to employ some of the myriad teachings of his TUF 12 coach Georges St. Pierre in his bout against Johnson. He also told MMA Heat that he actually learned a life lesson from rival coach Josh Koscheck on the show.

“Too many to count from GSP,” Brookins said when asked what kind of lessons he learned from each coach. “I’ll be meditating on the things Georges taught me for years to come. The one thing I learned from Josh is just, don’t put on too much lip gloss on TV. Not as a dude. No, I like Josh but that’s probably the one thing I would’ve done differently. I would’ve toned down the lip gloss a tiny bit. But I like Josh, so don’t get me wrong. I like him a lot.”

Brookins and Johnson will fight for all the marbles this Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, which is going down at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.