“I Want the Mullet Off” – Things Get Personal Between Lito Adiwang and Jarred Brooks Before Their Clash at ONE: NEXTGEN III

Published 11/21/2021, 10:00 AM EST


Lito ‘Thunder Kid’ Adiwang and Jarred ‘The Monkey God’ Brooks’ intriguing strawweight bout will headline ONE: NEXTGEN III on November 26, 2021. Both fighters have already started taking jabs at each other, and things got personal.

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ONE Championship recently released a sort of promotional video for Adiwang vs. Brooks on their official YouTube channel. The video is a highlight of the beef stirring up between the two.

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As Brooks poked fun at Adiwang’s hairdo, what began out as a friendly rivalry grew personal. The American fighter’s comments on the Filipino fighter’s mullet, a trademark of his MMA gym Team Lakay Wushu, were first made on social media.

On one of Adiwang’s social media posts, Brooks commented – “I want the mullet off Lito… no disrespect just it’s not the 80s anymore. I want to know tho, can I cut it?”

In the video, in response to Brooks’ comments, Adiwang said – “I got fed up about it because he commented on my account that after he beat me, he’ll cut my hair.” 

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Lito Adiwang and Jarred Brooks warn each other.

It’s clear by now that things are heating up between Adiwang and Brooks. As a result, the ‘Thunder Kid’ and ‘The Monkey God’ didn’t hold back while trash-talking each other. 

Furthermore, both fighters appear to be confident that they will emerge victorious at ONE: NEXTGEN III.

In the same video, the Team Lakay fighter said – “I want to finish Jarred Brooks in a highlight-reel fashion.”

Meanwhile, the American fighter said – “I have the utmost confidence that I can beat Lito Adiwang and the top five.”

“It’s gonna be a tough outing for you if it gets on the ground.” – Brooks later added, to which Adiwang remained unfazed.

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‘Thunder Kid’ vs. ‘The Monkey God’: Stats and Analysis

Adiwang, who is 13-3, will come into this bout riding on a 2-fight win streak. The majority of his fights have concluded in a finish, resulting in him having a 54% knockout ratio (7 T/KO) and a 31% submission ratio (4) in his career to date.

Meanwhile, Brooks, who is 16-2 (1 NC), will come into this bout on an amazing 3-fight win streak. He is an elite grappler, having six wins coming in this manner.

The Filipino fighter will aim to finish ‘The Monkey God’ as quickly as possible. However, Brooks is a tough opponent who is hard to stop, having lost only one fight via T/KO in his career to this day.

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Meanwhile, the American fighter will aim to take the fight on the mat, considering his elite grappling skills. However, Adiwang has a good takedown defense, which he displayed in his last outing against Getu Hexi.

The bottom line is, fans can expect fireworks when the two face off each other at ONE: NEXTGEN III on November 26, 2021.

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Who is your pick for Lito Adiwang vs. Jarred Brooks?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC, and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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