Former TUF winner Jonathan Brookins will return to a familiar setting for his next outing, as UFC officials have announced the 13-4 featherweight is booked for a bout with rising Brazilian star Charles Oliveira at the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. Both fighters are coming off opening round stoppages and considered to be two of the brightest prospects in the sport at 145 pounds.
Brookins’ previously pairing in the cage came against Vagner Rocha in February where he made quick work of his adversary, scoring a knockout finish 92 seconds into the first frame. The victory marked the fifth time he’d had his hand raised in six scraps and second inside the Octagon.
Though “Do Bronx” is 1-2 in his last three tilts, the 22-year old is 15-2 overall and picked up a submission win in his featherweight debut at UFC on FOX 2 with a rarely-seen Calf Slicer. Oliveira has finished fourteen of the opponents he’s beaten with a solid balance between tap-outs and TKOs.
Other match-ups between John Albert-Byron Bloodworth and Pat Schilling-Max Holloway were also revealed for the June 1 event. The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale is set to be headlined by a clash for top contendership between welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann.
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