“I respect everyone unless given a reason not to.” Justin Brooks Interview by: sPidA

sPidA: Tell us what gym you train out of and what all can one expect from training there?

Brooks: I train out of Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu.  Training here anyone can expect good tough training, man whether someone is there for competition, fitness or just to learn ,make them beasts in every aspect!

You will be fighting for a title going into Cage Quest, what were you expecting to get out of the show?

Brooks: To be honest I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of Cage Quest, I just wanted show people what we’ve got over here at Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu and win a title! This whole thing has been an experience, that’s for sure!

sPidA: I’ve noticed personally a lot of fighters are shy and get nervous while doing interviews, had being on T.V made you nervous or is the fighting just that much distracting?

Brooks: Nah man I don’t think to much about the cameras, I always stay more focused on performing well and winning!

sPidA: I’ve noticed a lot of top level fighters going through the Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu Academy, can you give us a few names of those that have stopped by there at one time or another?

Brooks: Yeah there have been some good guys come through the gym and train! A few of the pro guys we have there everyday are Tim Kennedy, Drew Pendelton, Adam Schindler, Jon Hester, Derek Campos and these guys are animals! Guys like Tom Lawler, Eves Edwards, Dustin Poirier, Bubba Jenkins and others have come in and out of town and we’ve had the pleasure of them coming in to train with us, it’s awesome, everyday is tough!

sPidA: With the level of guys training there, does this motivate you guys?

Brooks: Yeah training with these guys definitely keeps everyone motivated! It doesn’t matter who you are or how good you are someone will always one up you at something or dang near die trying. Everyone on our team is very supportive of one another, we are a tight knit family and push each other a lot. That makes it even easier to stay motivated, it’s awesome!

sPidA: How would you describe your style, do you try and emulate to anyone or would you say its your own?

Brooks: I’m a striker and a grappler pretty evenly, I would say it’s my own style for the most part. There are some guys in the gym that are always putting it on me when we train and I do try to pick up the things that they do to me, like Tim Kennedy, I try to learn and do a lot of the stuff he does!

sPidA: How were you guys approached about Cage Quest? Was this something you wanted to jump on immediately?

Brooks: We were approached by a couple of our teammates that have fought for Kickass in the past and then told us about it. I wanted in on it from the start, I knew it would be a good way to get Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu’s name out there.

sPidA: The show has quite a bit of Central Texas Top Pro fighters coaching, having that experience, has it helped your game that much more?

Brooks: Yeah man they had a few Black Belt instructors come in and show us some cool stuff! I appreciate the effort all of those guys put in, no matter what anyone has told them!

sPidA: How has being on the show Cage Quest been treating you guys, have you noticed the publicity at all?(with the public?)

Brooks: Not so far man, the show airs on a San Antonio based network and I live in North Austin so no one around me directly gets to see it. Maybe the next time I go to San Antonio someone will recognize me, ha-ha, we’ll see!

sPidA: The finalist will be competing May 5th in New Braunfels , will you guys be going Pro right after or continue to get more experience?

Brooks: I won’t be going pro yet, I’m going to keep fighting amateur for now. There is a lot to be learned via experience and amateur competition is the place for a lot of that learning to take place. Plus I want to win a few titles first, not just in mma but in Muay Thai and Boxing too. After I have done that I will start thinking about what’s next for me.

sPidA: Its all business when you step inside the Cage but outside the cage, do you guys notice respect from others in the Mixed Martial Arts scene?

Brooks: Everyone that I have met is pretty respectful around the Mixed Martial Arts scene. I respect everyone unless given a reason not to, that seams like a pretty common outlook. Of coarse, there are always those people out there telling lies and trying to start trouble for whatever reason, not necessarily competitors but just people on the scene.

sPidA: Best MMA moment and worst?

Brooks: Winning is always the best moment! Worst would have to have been dislocating my elbow in training! Man that was no fun between rehab and being out of the gym for the whole healing process!

sPidA: Thank you for taking time for this,much appreciated, any last words bro?

Brooks: Thank you Spida for taking the time for this interview and for what you do for all the local Texas fighters and gyms and thank you to all of my trainers and teammates at Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu!

Fight to Win “Super Heroes” 12 MMA Cage Fights

MAIN EVENT 155LB TITLE FIGHT

CHASE HACKETT (4-1) FACTORY X VS ADAM SCHINDLER (10-3) AUSTIN MUAY THAI

CO MAIN EVENT 17OLBS

JOSH CAVAN (4-1) TEAM WILDMAN VS STEVEN SIMMONS (4-6) TOP NOTCH MMA

145LBS PRO

JOSH HUBER (7-3) EASTON BJJ vs BRIAN WOOD (3-3) SLEDGEHAMMER MMA

185LBS PRO

ADAM STROUP (1-0) FACTORY X VS TODD MEREDITH (1-1) FUSBOXE

265LBS PRO

GABE BEAUPURTHUY (7-7) ALTITUDE MMA vs ANTHONY ALIREZ (2-1) SLEDGE HAMMER MMA

145LBS PRO

VELLORE CABALLERO (6-4) EASTON BJJ VS JOHNNY TORRES (5-3) 303 TRAINING CENTER

165LBS PRO

MATT SIMMS (3-2) ZINGANO BJJ VS ALVINO MONTOYA (0-0) BATTLEGROUNDS MMA

150LBS PRO

JUSTIN HOUGHTON (4-1) GRUDGE TRAINING CENTER VS JEREMY MARTINEZ (4-6) ALAMOSA MMA

185LBS PRO

JOSH GOLDBERGBER (1-1) COLORADO BJJ/TEAM WILDMAN VS MICHAEL MATTHEWS (0-0) FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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115LBS AMATUER KICKBOXING TITLE FIGHT

LAUREN SUGIHARA (5-0) MUAY THAI OF COLORADO/3D MARTIAL ARTS VS CRYSTAL PARRISH (3-3) 8 POINTS MUAY THAI

145LBS AMATEUR TITLE FIGHT

J KEVEN HERNANDEZ (4-0) ZINGANO BJJ VS DOMINIC GARKO (5-2) FREEDOM FIGHTERS

125LBS AMATEUR

NICK DEFOIRE (2-0) TEAM WILDMAN VS GABE FLORES (1-1) SLEDGE HAMMER MMA

What are your predictions for UFC 128?

We contacted Pete Spratt, Tim Kennedy, Adam Schindler, Andrew Chappelle and Ryan Larson and asked the question: “What are your predictions for UFC 128?” Here’s their predictions…

Pete Spratt: Bones Jones – due to his size, speed and athleticism.
Miller – due to his vast UFC experience.
This will be Kamal’s 1st time in the UFC.

Tim Kennedy: Jones by just being awesome and Kamal by sprawl and brawl dec.

Adam Schindler: I’m going with Jon Jones with a TKO in the 3rd… He is in great condition, unorthodox and long, has great wrestling. I could see Shogun coming out on top too but I’m going with ‘Bones’ Jones on this one.Man, I really don’t want to pick against Kamal, but this one is tough…. I really like Jim Miller and I think he is much better than Jamie Varner or Bart Palaszewski… He has great submissions and good crisp boxing. That being said, I think it will only go to the ground if Kamal chooses. If he can catch him with a shot he wins, if not, I think Miller out points him on the feet… Either way, I’ll definitely Be Rooting for one of those Big overhands from Kamal to land cleanly!

Andrew Chappelle: I’m going with Jones and Miller. I think they are all really good but Jones is just such a stud! He has been blowing through game opponents like he was a varsity athlete senior beating up a brand new freshman. He’s special in the aspect that he is just superior over guys who are on already on top. I think his strikes will be land more, and be more effective, his greco is solid, and I do not see Rua taking Jones down, and even though it’s hard to say who would be better on the ground technically, you still have to give Jones the edge because he is such a freakish athlete.Miller is a stud. Mean, in shape, technically sound. I like Kamal as well. He is also a stud, but I just don’t think he has the tools to finish and dominate like Miller does. I am sure they will both be in excellent conditioning, I see Miller having the better endurance. Miller has more technique in all aspects of the game and is just as good of an explosive athlete as Kamal and can go longer.

Ryan Larson: Jon Jones is gonna shock the world, rd 3, tko. Jons reach and wrestling will confuse Shogun who will not be able to work offensively.
Kamal Shalorus is gonna wreck Jim Miller, rd 1, tko. Kamal always blitzes guys early and he is very prepared for this fight. I expect him to overwhelm Jim and crack him early.

—So what are your predictions for UFC 128?

Main CardMauricio “Shogun” Rua (205) vs. Jon Jones (205)Urijah Faber (135.5) vs. Eddie Wineland (135.5)Nate Marquardt (186) vs. Dan Miller (185)Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (229) vs. Brendan Schaub (245)Jim Miller (155) vs. Kamal Shalorus (155)Preliminary CardLuiz Cane (205.5) vs. Eliot Marshall (205)Edson Barboza (155.5) vs. Anthony Njokuani (155)Ricardo Almeida (170) vs. Mike Pyle (171)Kurt Pellegrino (156) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)Joseph Benavidez (136) vs. Ian Loveland (135)Nick Catone (194) vs. Costantinos Philippou (195)Raphael Assuncao (145) vs. Erik Koch (145)

Bellator 20 weigh-in results

The official results of the weigh-in are as follows (via Bellator.com):

MAIN CARD:

Bryan “The Beast” Baker (186 lbs.) versus Eric Schambari (185 lbs.) – at 185 lbs.
Alexander Shlemenko (184.8 lbs.) versus Jared Hess (185.2 lbs) – at 185 lbs.
Eddie Sanchez (234.4 lbs.) versus Marcus Sursa (219.2 lbs.) – at 265 lbs.
Nik Mamalis (135.2 lbs.) versus Mark Oshiro (135.4 lbs.) – at 135 lbs.

LOCAL FEATURE FIGHTS:

Robert Villegas (205.2 lbs.) versus Aaron Rosa (205.2 lbs.) – at 205 lbs.
Cedric Marks (166.8 lbs.) versus Andrew Chappelle (174.8 lbs.) – at 170 lbs.
Brian Melancon (161.2 lbs.) versus Adam Schindler (154.8 lbs.) – at 155 lbs.^
Humberto DeLeon (124.6 lbs.) versus Jimmy Flick (124.6 lbs.) – at 125 lbs.
Kenneth Battle (154.8 lbs.) versus Fernando Rodriguez (153.8 lbs.) – at 155 lbs.

* Chappelle and Marks are negotiating a catchweight
^ Melancon and Schindler are negotiating a catchweight