Like any impressionable kid, Jarred Brooks fought back after seeing his dad do it. The ONE Championship No. 2 strawweight contender says his love of fighting started with his family.
“The Monkey God” saw his father, uncle, and great-uncle all become Indiana state wrestling champions.
In an interview with The Fight Library, Brooks mentioned that he was an early fan of mixed martial arts and often watched pioneers Bas Ruuten, Kevin Randleman and Wanderlei Silva.
Jarred Brooks said:
“My father, he has about [introduced me to fighting] like all families. We are a band of fighters. My dad, my uncle, my great-uncle, were all state champions for Indiana wrestling and they just gave up on the streets. They pretty much paved the way for me to come in and do what I’m doing now.
Although WWE’s Attitude Era was going wild in the late 1990s, Brooks said he watched early MMA shows instead of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, “The Rock” and “The Undertaker”:
“My dad was always a big fan of the UFC, old Shooto fights, Pride, like that, so I grew up watching him. Just like kids watching “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, I was watching Bas Rutten, I was watching Kevin Randleman and all those guys.
Jarred Brooks thinks he can beat any 125-pound fighter
Jarred Brooks is set to face Bokang Masunyane in a title playoff at ONE 156: Eersel vs. Sadikovic this Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The winner is expected to face ONE strawweight world champion Joshua Pacio in the near future.
Despite his all-important match against Masunyane, the No. 2 contender, Brooks is eyeing bigger cross-promotion fights.
According to Brooks, his end goal after defeating Pacio is to unify the ONE Championship and UFC 125-pound titles:
“My future goal is to get to that point where the UFC is stalled in the flyweight division, and so is the whole promotion, and ONE Championship is growing so much to the point where we’re cross-promoting. I fight Deiveson Figueiredo again, or the champion or whoever it is, Brandon Moreno, Askar Askarov, all those guys just let me fight them. I will show that I am the best flyweight in the world.