Loss in Vegas spurs Brenton to improve
Jason Brenton’s dreams of participating in the Ultimate Fighting Championships were temporarily put on hold when Andy Main of Rockaway, N.J., applied a triangle armbar/choke submission hold.
Wednesday night on the season debut of the Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter 12,” Brenton, who is originally from Rangely, but trains out of Grand Junction, lost to Main and was unable to earn one of the 14 spots on the show.
“Andy Main vs. Jason Brenton was a back-and-forth fight for a while there,” top UFC lightweight contender Josh Koscheck, one of the coaches on the show, said during Brenton’s fight. “Main was in trouble at one point, but slapped on the armbar/triangle and got the submission.”
The loss was the first for the 23-year-old Brenton as a professional, although it won’t count against his 6-0 record.
“I can say I didn’t have any excuses,” Brenton said. “I was too jacked up and had so much energy that I couldn’t think clearly.
“I wanted to throw big bombs and knock him out.”
Brenton said what actually happened against Main was different from his plan going in.
“I wanted to slow things down and pick my shots,” Brenton said. “But when I got in there, I just wanted to bang and lost all strategy.”
Brenton won the opportunity to fight his way onto the show by impressing the UFC brass at a tryout in Charlotte, N.C., during early April.
Brenton traveled to Las Vegas in June to begin filming the show.
“The day we got there we had weigh-ins and the next day we fought,” Brenton said. “We had to be ready to fight.”
Although Brenton lost his only fight in Las Vegas, he stayed behind as an alternate.
Throughout the experience, Brenton was able to get know the other fighters and find out their journeys.
“Talking to all the guys, they are all training at bigger gyms with like 20 professionals,” Brenton said. “I think I’m right there, but I just need to get out and train at a bigger gym.”
Brenton said he was excited to watch the show, and it’s that loss that continues to push him in his fight career.
“It’s super motivating,” Brenton said. “All I think about is that fight, and it’s a bitter taste that’ll be there until I redeem myself.”
Brenton recently moved to Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., for an assistant track and field coaching job at Lake Superior State University.
Brenton was a long jumper at Western State College.
“I’ve always loved track,” Brenton said. “Coaching gives me a lot of free time so I can do that and still have plenty of time to train.”
Brenton is beginning the road that hopefully leads back to the UFC on Saturday at Cage Wars six at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Brenton is the main event, fighting Dustin Collins of Salt Lake City.
“Being on the show helps get my name out there,” Brenton said. “At this point I have to keep winning fights, and just work my way up there the hard way.”
Cage Wars 6 has 10 fights on the card, including three bouts featuring fighters who train with MMA legend Jeremy Horn out of Salt Lake City.
“This is probably the best card we’ve had so far because of the Jeremy Horn fighters,” Impact Boxing manager Alex Trottier said. “They should all be great fights.”