“It’s like a family” - Jarred Brooks feels right at home with ONE Championship

Jarred Brooks has found a home in ONE Championship. | [Photos: ONE Championship]
Jarred Brooks has found a home in ONE Championship. | [Photos: ONE Championship]

Jarred Brooks couldn’t be happier with his time in ONE Championship so far. Things have gone well for the 29-year-old since making the leap from the UFC to ONE in 2021, to say the least.

Brooks has recorded impressive victories over the division’s elite, including formerly ranked Lito ‘Thunder Kid’ Adiwang, and top fighters Hiroba Minowa and Bokang ‘Little Giant’ Masunyane. Because of this, he has earned the right to challenge for the ONE strawweight world title in his next fight.

But that has not been the lone highlight of Brooks’ stint in ONE Championship thus far. In fact, the former collegiate wrestling standout believes he has found a home in the distinctly Asian martial arts organization as one of its top fighters, so much so that to the Warsaw, Indiana native, ONE Championship feels like family.

In a recent appearance on a podcast with Unwrapped Sports, Jarred Brooks talked about his experience dealing with ONE Championship up to this point, in comparison to the UFC:

“I’ll say first the one that I like better is ONE Championship because they treat us very well over there, it’s like a family when you’re being introduced to the production crew. They’re taking you everywhere, making sure you’re having fun in the process of doing all these interviews, all this structured stuff before the fight.”

Watch the full interview here:


Brooks speaks his truth, but is echoed by many fighters under the ONE Championship banner.

Athletes such as MMA legend Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, submission grappling superstars Danielle Kelly, Kade and Tye Ruotolo, and even BJJ icon Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida have all said ONE Championship treats their fighters like no other promotion in the world, giving them a level of respect befitting that of a high-caliber athlete.

Jarred Brooks said he and Joshua Pacio will try to ‘kill each other’ in the Circle

No.1-ranked strawweight contender Jarred Brooks will have a chance to become ‘the man’ in ONE Championship, if he can beat ‘the man’ reigning as the ONE strawweight world champion, Joshua Pacio, in his next fight.

‘The Monkey God’ and ‘The Passion’ lock horns in the main event of ONE 164, which broadcasts live from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, December 3rd.

Speaking to MMA Sucka in a recent interview, Jarred Brooks talked about finally being able to face Pacio, getting the opportunity to win ONE gold, and what he expects from this fight:

“I’m super excited for this bout and it’s years in the making so it’s gonna be definitely not a doozy. We’re gonna be going out and trying to kill each other, I wanna get this done in the first two rounds and see where it goes from there. I’m looking forward for it man, there’s nothing that’s gonna be stopping me on this fight.”

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