Brian Imes is an avid MMA fan turned professional fighter. He contributes stories to Pro MMA Now about his ever-evolving career. In less than two years he has fought some of America's best in the light heavyweight division, all while wearing his own brand, Hillbilly Fight Wear. Brian is the brother of The Ultimate Fighter season 2 and UFC veteran, Brad Imes. Learn more about "The Human Cockfighter" and his product at HillbillyFightWear.com. You can follow Brian on Twitter @HillbillyFightW or on Facebook.
I remember coming home one day with a plant for my mother. I had picked it off the side of a country road. Thinking that I would be considered great for my gesture, I presented this ditch weed to her at our home.
Brian Imes talks about his loss at Shark Fights 19 and remaining optimistic during his current slump. “The Human Cockfighter” also reveals he accepted the fight on 10 days notice while he was getting stitches.
I think about the sound that it made when Heath Herring punched my brother in the face. I could hear it clearly from 60 rows up at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. That was Brad’s last fight in the UFC, over four years ago.
Lost but not forgotten. Just like riding a bicycle, fighting is something that if embraced and learned is never truly lost. Timing may go in and out like an old Accord, but the instinct and gameness are forever there.
What is it about fighting that draws so many young men and women to it’s threshold? Why would a young, able-bodied, hard-working, intellectual reduce themselves to being locked inside of a cage with another wild animal?