The St. Louis, MO native, EJ Brooks, has succeeded everywhere he has gone in combat sports; Starting from his early days in high school competition, to kicking off his professional mixed martial arts career.
MMAMadhouse was able to catch up with Brooks, who had an emotional rollercoaster of a year, and looks ahead to 2015 with optimism. He plans to continue his successful journey in Titan Fighting Championship, while improving each and every day.
“My first introduction to combat sports would have to be my freshman year of high school when I started wrestling. Wrestling was the most brutal an influential experience of my sports career. It taught me many values and shaped me into the man that I am today. I wrestled throughout high school and earned a scholarship to Lincoln College where I won a national title as a freshman in 2005”, says Brooks, “I then went on to wrestle at the University of Missouri to finish my college career from 2006-2009. In 2009 I was introduced to MMA by Tyron Woodley. He told me I was too young (23) not to continue be a competitive athlete. After my experience at Mizzou (Missouri University), I wasn't satisfied with how my career ended and I was kind of burned out with wrestling.”
Although not being satisfied with his college wrestling career, EJ turned to MMA, which he claims rejuvenated his competitive spirt, and career.
“I felt like MMA was a new start and a new beginning for me. I started my professional career with SportFight X in 2010. I later signed with Bellator in 2011. I went 4-1 in Bellator before I parted ways with the organization. I am currently signed with Titan FC and I couldn't be happier. I feel like I have reinvented myself as a fighter and Titan is a growing organization that I will be able to showcase my skills set on. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to not only grow on the Titan showcase but grow with them as they move forward.”
EJ has a great team, not only one, but two training facilities available to him, in which EJ trades off and on, depending on whether he is in Missouri or Coconut Creek, Florida.
“I currently train with Saint Charles MMA and American Top Team. While I'm in St. Louis, I work out primarily at SCMMA and when I'm in Florida I train at ATT in Coconut Creek. Some of my best training partners and friends I have in St. Louis and Florida are Robert Washington and Nik Lentz.I also have the availability of the best trainers and coaches at both locations. St Louis, Mike Rogers, Rodrigo Vaghi, Jeff Henry, Moses Flores, & Tank Janek and at ATT, Ricardo Liborio, Kami, Conan,Katel, Dyah Davis, Steve Bruno, & Everton.”
With 2014 all said and done, it is now time to look forward and focus on 2015 for Brooks, but, while reflecting on this past year some key moments stood out for “The Pretty Boy”.
“Three of my key moments in 2014, I signed with a great management company (Poster Boy Fighters) and I won a big fight on Titan FC on short notice. The win snapped an abysmal 3 fight losing streak, finally earning a multi-fight contract with Titan FC to. Right now I'm looking forward to running through 2015 and taking down some big names. It’s time to show people who I really am and finally do what I was meant to do.”
Although it is EJ only stepping inside the cage and partaking in probably the most competitive combat sport to date, there is time outside the cage where assistance is always on hand and needed. Training and preparing for fights lead to needing solid support.
“I just want to thank all the people who have supported me and always had my back...through thick and thin.. I can name everyone but here are a few names that come to mind. Greg Howell, Mark Kristoff,Josh Burns, Tony Drew, Nik Lentz, Scott Cutbirth,Rob Washington, Mike Rogers, Ricardo Liborio, Mark Mestamacher, Kris Whelan, George Kirgan, and Allen Kirgan.”
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