June 14, 2024

Filipino mixed martial arts fighters Lito Adiwang and Rene Catalan were outclassed by their grappler opponents in the main cards of ONE: NextGen II at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov. 26.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Jarred Brooks made his presence felt in ONE Championship when he submitted Adiwang via arm triangle in the second round of the headline bout of the night.

The brash American Brooks displayed total domination when he pinned the explosive Adiwang to the ground and controlled the fight from start to finish.

Brooks avoided a stand-up duel with Adiwang as he quickly went for a takedown, bringing the action to the mat in most part of the two-round strawweight bout.

With his back on the canvas, the fifth-ranked Adiwang tried his best to defend against the American’s top pressure as Brooks advanced his position.

In the second round, Brooks landed two more takedowns, including an emphatic slam, before swiftly transitioning to the fight-ending choke. With his arm trapped and nowhere to go, Adiwang had no choice but to tap out.

In another strawweight MMA bout, former ONE world champion and current fourth-ranked contender Alex Silva tapped out Filipino veteran Rene Catalan via armbar in the first round of their highly anticipated rematch.

Silva brought Catalan down to the mat after the Filipino star missed with a combination.

Once on the ground, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt cleverly worked his way into the perfect position to secure the bout-ending submission. – Harley F. Palangchao