July 25, 2024

Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Jeremy Miado is now officially considered a top contender for the ONE strawweight world belt once held by Joshua Pacio.

Reigning champion Jarred Brooks of the United States claimed he will have his eyes on the Miado versus Mansur Malachiev on June 9 in Bangkok, Thailand.

LEGITIMATE CONTENDER — Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Jeremy Miado has earned the credential to become one of the top contenders for the ONE strawweight world belt currently held by American champion Jarred Brooks. — ONE photo

The ONE veteran in Miado has won four bouts in a row, all inside the distance, but he will have his hands full when he welcomes unbeaten grappler Malachiev to the ring at the historic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.

The Russian is a two-division Eagle FC Champion who holds a 10-0 record with eight finishes – mostly submissions – and Brooks thinks it is quite obvious how both men will want the fight to play out.

“Mansur is probably going to try and take Jeremy down as soon as possible. He’s your typical Dagestani type of fighter. He tries to just clog your legs and punch,” Brooks said

“If it’s on the feet, Jeremy is very technical and he throws very fast. If you are a straight-on fighter, you are going to have a hard time. But if you have angles, then you can do a lot of things to Jeremy Miado,” he added.

While the American star has his views on the contest, he would be happy to defend his gold against either man in the near future. 

Brooks believes he has the arsenal to beat both challengers convincingly, whether he faces the lifelong wrestler in Malachiev or the top-level striker and knockout artist in Miado.

“If I get Jeremy Miado, I’ll take him to deep waters, get him to a front headlock, and knee his head off. While he has a fast jab, I have fast counters as well,” the brash American champion said. – ONE release