The gym and violent sport might not strike you as a safe place, but that’s exactly what it is for Sand Springs native Jimmy “The Brick” Flick.
"My family was exposed to drugs,” Flick said. “My brothers and sisters have been exposed to it. That was one motivation for me to stay away from that. I didn't graduate from school, but I have a hard work ethic and I found fighting was for me."
Flick has a professional career of 15 wins and five losses. Thanks to a snake-like squeeze, Flick can apply it on his opponent in the flick of a switch.
Thirteen of those wins have come by submission, including the LFA Flyweight Championship against Greg Fischer.
“We choked the guy out in 38 seconds,” Flick said.
In a "win-and-he's-in" fight in front of Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White, Flick defeated Nate Smith by submission in the third round and earned a contract with the UFC.
Earning an opportunity like this is something Flick still can’t put into words.
“I’ve been in this sport for over a decade,” Flick said. “I turned pro in 2010. I have had some ups and downs. To get this opportunity is a dream come true."
Flick is not just a fighter representing Sand Springs. He is also helping to manufacture face masks and face shields during the COVID-19 pandemic at Tulsa Plastics Company.
“The plastic industry is booming right now,” Flick said. “It’s doing a lot for schools right now, so I'm really happy a job is able to stay open and provide for these people during this pandemic.”