After losing back-to-back fights for the first time in his career, northwest-based featherweight Drew “Eternal Fire” Brokenshire turned things around in his fight against Jason Gray at Super Fight League America in April and come out with a third-round TKO victory.
And while Brokenshire had his issues in the fight, he was able to overcome them and show he’s more than a one-dimensional fighter.
“I got to show a little bit of my improved takedown defense, but (Gray) still got me down quite a bit, but I was able to finish the fight in the end,” Brokenshire told MMAWeekly.com. “I thought it was a good test, especially considering his wrestling skills, and showing in three rounds that I could put a guy like that away.”
Brokenshire feels that even if things hadn’t gone his way against Gray, he would have learned from it for his next match.
“If I had lost, it would have shown me areas I needed to get better on,” said Brokenshire. “But my team and I have been making strikes in getting better in those areas and now it’s just a matter of putting that on display and gaining more experience.”
At the upcoming SFL America on Sept. 26, Brokenshire (14-5) will face a fighter he’s very familiar with in fellow redhead Daniel Swain (11-5-1) in a feature 145-pound bout.
“We were actually supposed to fight a while ago and something happened to where he was injured or had another fight, so he’s been on my radar a long time, and I’m excited to get to face him,” Brokenshire said of Swain.
“It’s pretty much the same game plan for every fight: Put the pace on him, break him down and try to get the win. I feel like he’ll want to take me down eventually when he’s not getting the best of the stand-up, and I’m working hard my wrestling, so I’ll get to try that out.”
For Brokenshire, getting back into the win column was the first step towards regaining his position as the top bantamweight in the northwest. From there he hopes to meet an old foe at the next level and settle a score.
“Of course I’d love to get my (SFL America 145-pound) belt back,” said Brokenshire. “The bad thing is that Julian Erosa is off to The Ultimate Fighter, so I can’t get it back from him, but hopefully we’ll see each other again in the future for a UFC title.”