Coming off one of the bigger upsets of last year when he defeated the then-undefeated Julian Erosa for the CageSport 145-pound title, Drew “Eternal Fire” Brokenshire followed that up with an equally impressive win over veteran Enoch Wilson this past February in his first title defense.
“I was really happy with that fight because I know how long Enoch’s been around and how skilled he is,” said Brokenshire.
“The fight went four rounds and he ended up pulling out with an injury, but I was pretty happy with my performance and happy to get a win over such a seasoned veteran.”
While he’s happy with his performance, Brokenshire admits his inability to stop the takedown made things closer than they should have been, and thus he’s worked hard to get that part of his game in order.
“The biggest thing was Enoch was able to take me down quite a bit,” said Brokenshire. “He wasn’t able to do much damage to me, but he was able to control some of the fight.
“We’ve been working real hard on it and I feel like we are making some headway. I feel like it is my weakest point and my losses have been to wrestlers who have been able to take me down, so if I can fix that, it will definitely make my life a lot easier.”
Brokenshire told MMAWeekly.com that his recent work would come into play in a big way when he returns to CageSport on Saturday against Shorty Wiekel at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
“It comes down to takedown defense,” said Brokenshire. “Shorty is a tough, scrappy guy who likes to do a lot of work on the ground. Most of his wins come by submissions, so if I can stop a couple of takedowns it will make my life a lot easier.
“I’m not too worried if it goes to the ground. I feel like I’m skilled there, but I’d rather not be in his wheelhouse if I can help it.”
Also on the same card, former champion Julian Erosa meets Lee Morrison in a title eliminator fight.
When asked whom he would prefer to face should he dispatch Wiekel, Brokenshire replied, “I would rather have Lee win just because he has a win over me and I’d like to get that back, but ultimately it doesn’t matter, the preparation is going to be the same.”
Should Brokenshire continue his winning ways over the next several months, the possibility he could step up to a larger show would become more feasible, but he tries not to think about that too much.
“It’s definitely on my mind, but I’ve got to get past these guys first. I can’t look past them,” he said. “Shorty is a tough guy and the winner of (Erosa vs. Morrison) is going to be super-tough, so I’m not thinking about it too much, but it’ll always be in the back of my mind.
“I don’t necessarily think I’ll be going to a big show yet. I’d like to do a couple things first before I get locked into anything, but first and foremost I’ve got to take care of the opponents in front of me.”