Brett Jacobsen is MMA fighter and former pastor.
Brett Jacobsen is MMA fighter and former pastor. John Gass

Meet Bretto the blessed brawler

FOR Brett Jacobsen, being a pastor is about getting out of the church and spreading the word of God.

But in the past six months he's found the best way to do that is with leather knuckles.

After spending 15 years as a pastor in his own church at Miami, "Bretto the Blessed Brawler" has found a second faith in mixed martial arts.

Brett Jacobsen is MMA fighter and former pastor.
Brett Jacobsen is MMA fighter and former pastor. John Gass

"My initial reaction when I first watched UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) was that this is pretty brutal, although I kept watching," Mr Jacobsen said.

"And you find after they throw down, about 90% of them come together and hug it out."

Growing up Mr Jacobsen found he had an affinity for competitive sports, although his teenage hedonism cost him a chance to professionally pursue the sports he loved.

"I had a heavy teenage life; I was smoking pot a lot and becoming a junkie. I needed to be set free from the rubbish," Mr Jacobsen said.

It was at the age of 21 he found Christianity and he has since devoted his life to spreading the word of God.

Since moving to Crystal Creek, he has written a book on his holy philosophies, as well as produced video teachings about the deeper meanings of biblical passages.

But, at 39, he decided to step onto the grappling mats in an attempt to get into shape. His passion kindled, he found himself stepping into the octagon after just 18 months of training.

Since his debut, he has gone 3-1 inside the cage with two of his wins earning him post-fight bonuses, and now he's asking for the chance to fight for the Eternal featherweight title.

"I've made a strong case for the belt, finishing all three of my wins by KO or submission and I'm confident I can bring the belt back to Tweed Coast MMA," Brett said.

He says there's no hypocrisy between his leisure and faith, because MMA isn't about hurting your opponent, but about winning, just like any other high level sport.



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