KEY POINTS

  • Jarred Brooks shuns any notion of ring rust as he prepares to face Lito Adiwang in November
  • The accomplished American enjoys taking his opponents down and scoring points on the ground
  • Adiwang and Brooks were originally set for an April clash, but the former contracted COVID-19

Jarred Brooks remains confident going up against Lito Adiwang, despite not stepping into the cage for almost two years.

The most recent addition to the ONE flyweight division has shut down all concerns of ring rust in a recent virtual face-off with Adiwang and members of the press.

“I don't believe in ring rust. The feeling never gets away from you at the end of the day. I’m definitely prepared for whatever Lito [Adiwang] or whatever ONE Championship wants to bring in front of me. I’m very confident in this fight. Usually, people are flying out seven days before a fight. I’m gonna show everybody that I can come out and beat their best in two days,” a confident Brooks mentioned.

Brooks has not stepped in the cage for a fight since December of 2019 in a win against Haruo Ochi in Bellator.

The former UFC fighter had fought against some of the best that the flyweight division has to offer throughout his career.

He has also gone up against the likes of Jose "Shorty" Torres, Junji Ito and current UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo before jumping to the Singapore-based promotion with ONE Championship.

Brooks and Adiwang were originally set to face one another in April at ONE on TNT 2, but Adiwang contracted COVID-19 and the fight was pulled from the card.

The pair have said their opinions about the other in previous interviews, but their most recent call had both sides being very cordial and respectful with one another.

Despite that show of respect from both martial artists, they both know what is at stake and Brooks is looking to take advantage of the opportunity.

When asked about his approach to this fight against Adiwang, "The Monkey God” revealed that his confidence is from the lack of wrestling-based training partners available to the Team Lakay member.

“I don’t think that he’s working with any wrestlers over there that can [get] accustomed to my style. He can do his double underhooks and he can do all of the flying knees and all of that stuff, the Thai clinch, I’m used to that, man. I’ve been there done that,” said Brooks.

An accomplished wrestler in his own right, Brooks enjoys taking his opponents down to the ground and doing major damage from top position, like his game plan against Figueiredo.

In fighting "The Thunder Kid," it is expected that Brooks will attempt to keep away from the Filipino’s explosive stand-up game and shoot for a takedown when the opportunity presents itself.

Brooks and Adiwang will settle their differences in the main event of ONE: NextGen III on November 26.