Having suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his career, featherweight Drew “Eternal Fire” Brokenshire has taken a hard look at his game and feels he’s made changes to better himself going forward.
In specific, it’s been his grappling that has let him down, and so Brokenshire has worked particularly hard on that aspect of his game in order to get back on the winning track.
“I got submitted in both losses, but I feel I was competitive up until that point, so my coach and I have really been focusing on my grappling,” Brokenshire told MMAWeekly.com.
“It was something we got away from in recent training because of injuries and stuff in my camps. We hadn’t been spending as much time working on grappling as we should have, but we’ve rectified it.”
Brokenshire admits that he does feel some urgency to win his upcoming Super Fight League return.
“There’s definitely a little bit of pressure,” he said. “Nobody wants to lose three in a row. It’s a learning process, and if I lose three in a row, there’s something bigger going on.
“It’s something technically that I’m doing that I have to fix. It’s definitely not a huge deal, but I’d like to not lose three times in a row.”
“I’ve got to put the pressure on him and not let him get on top of me and hold me,” Brokenshire said of Gray. “I have to be constantly working.
“If I do get taken down, I have to work submissions or ty to get back up. On the feet, I’ve got to make him pay because there’s where I have the biggest advantage.”
For Brokenshire, the immediate goal is to get his game in order before thinking about what’s next for him in 2015.
“The big thing is getting myself technically where I need to be and not have these holes in my game,” he said. “Right now, it’s dealing with this problem and from there it’s trying to get better and string some wins together and see where we are at.”