American mixed martial arts sensation Jarred Brooks said there’s no better way to kick off his ONE Championship debut but to start with the “best” in Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang.
Brooks and Adiwang, who were were supposed to clash last April, will finally square off in the main event of ONE: NEXTGEN III at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov. 26.
“All those guys [in the strawweight division] are really good. All of them have a lot of great qualities about them. Each one is a little bit different so you have to readjust to different opponent,” said Brooks of the current ONE strawweight roster. “Starting with Lito is a great way to start it out. I think that Lito is the best strawweight in the division besides myself so start now on a hard note is a great way to start.”
It would be recalled that Brooks preferred Adiwang, the No. 5 strawweight fighter, over reigning champion Joshua Pacio of Team Lakay in terms of overall abilities.
Aside from Adiwang, Brooks also took notice of No. 2 contender Bokang Masunyane but reminded everybody that “it’s my job to shut all of them down” to prove that he’s the best.
Brooks rides on a three-match win streak since his last UFC bout in 2018 but the last time he saw action was against Haruo Ochi in Bellator, where he scored a unanimous decision win to improve at 16-2 record.
Adiwang, for his part, is fresh from back-to-back wins against Namiki Kawahara of Japan and Hexigetu of China this year after his controversial loss against now third-ranked strawweight Hiroba Minowa last November 2020.
Nonetheless, Brooks expressed gratitude that he can finally settle the score with Adiwang in their much-awaited bout next month.
This also marks the Team Lakay stalwart’s first main event in ONE since joining the promotion’s roster in October 2019.
“I think that’s gonna be a great fight and I’m super excited for it,” said Brooks. “It’s not gonna be anything that I’m not used to do but that whole April thing was crazy.
“My coach got COVID, Lito got COVID. We’re trying to push it back every week so thank God that we could actually get this on the road,” he added.