Marquis Brewster smiles

Before Marquis Brewster tries to improve to 2-0 at CES MMA 37 versus New York’s Timothy Wheeler on August 12 in Lincoln, Rhode Island, the Providence product checked in with

With a big win in August, are you looking to shed your hot prospect label?

Oh yeah, man. I’m trying to make a name for myself and looking for the finish, especially with this fight in August. I’m winning fights, which is good, but I’m ready to start finishing my opponents again.

How important is it for you to finish your opponents?

It’s very important. That’s what everybody wants to see. I want to someday get that CES MMA belt and step to the next level in the UFC. The only way to do that is to put on good shows, and I can’t wait.

Is it frustrating to be viewed as a prospect, or does it matter what other people say about you?

I don’t mind, to be honest with you. I actually love it. I love any notoriety. I love that I’m considered a prospect, which is someone who’s on the rise and can possibly do great things in the sport. It doesn’t bother me, but I’m looking to go from prospect to dynamic fighter. That’s my goal.

How does it feel to fight on the same card as your teammates, guys like Greg Rebello, Joe Pingitore and Matt Bessette?

I love it. A lot of people know, but Andre Soukhamthath also played a big role in my career. He’s one of the reasons I started fighting. He took me to his gym in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, where he had been boxing. He showed me how to wrap my hands for the first time and shadowbox and hit the bag. From then, I’ve just wanted to do MMA and follow in that path. To be on the same card as these guys is a huge honor. I’m a bit starstruck, you know what I mean (laughs)? I’m excited to perform so I look good in front of these guys who I look up to so much.

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