Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Jeremy Miado believes he holds the key to winning the ONE strawweight world belt currently held by Jarred Brooks after defeating Joshua Pacio of Team Lakay.
But the American Brooks cannot be underestimated having been an unstoppable force since he announced his arrival in ONE Championship in dominant fashion.
In just 13 months, Brooks racked up three-straight victories to solidify his stature as the legitimate top contender and then proceeded to his coronation as the undisputed ONE strawweight world champion by dethroning Pacio.
Brooks is now looking to prove his worth as the man lording over a stacked weight class by taking on the best challengers that the division has to offer.
But Miado feels flattered by the fact that he is on the shortlist of candidates to face Brooks.
“I’m glad he sees me as a contender worthy to get the next shot at the belt. This shows that the new champion values my skills as an athlete and what I can bring as a competitor in the division,” said the 30-year-old Miado.
The Albay native has been making a solid case to get a date with Brooks.
He has won four matches in a row, including a catchweight contest in October 2022 where he attained a third-round knockout victory over fifth-ranked Danial Williams.
With Brooks posing as an unsolvable problem that his contemporaries have failed to address, Miado believes he is capable of cracking the code if they get to share the same stage.
One area where Miado thinks he will have the upper hand is striking.
“Many have underestimated my wrestling and my Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but I have been working on my grappling for more than two years. I think I can also give him problems by defending his takedowns,”Miado said. – ONE release