“I’m a human backpack” – Jarred Brooks says he’s better at taking the back than Aljamain Sterling

Jarred Brooks has had a great 12 months since signing with ONE Championship and debuting in November last year. Producing three consecutive wins, Brooks now finds himself preparing for his shot at the strawweight world championship. The fight is scheduled for ONE 164 on December 3.

‘The Monkey God’ has looked very impressive inside the circle, with his grappling prowess leading to two submission victories over Lito Adiwang and Bokang Masunyane. In an interview with MMA sucktalking about his upcoming fight with Joshua Pacio, Brooks was asked about the origin of his nickname.

‘The Monkey God’ said:

Well if you ever rolled with me, I’m a backpack. I’m a human backpack. I think that I have better backpacking skills than Aljamain Sterling. He’s long, but when I get on top of you and I have you, I have you, you’re not going anywhere. So that’s part of the moniker.”

Watch the full interview below:


At ONE 164 in Manila, Brooks will finally get his shot at the world championship after an injury kept him out of the previously scheduled date in June. After months of trash-talking, the fight between Jarred Brooks and Joshua Pacio has become even more highly-anticipated thanks to the extra build-up.

“I might surprise people with my kickboxing” – Natural grappler Jarred Brooks ready to trade shots with Joshua Pacio

The long-awaited clash between strawweight world champion Joshua Pacio and Jarred Brooks looks like a classic striker vs. grappler match-up on paper. Despite his success so far in ONE Championship with his grappling skills, Brooks has said that he may look to strike with the division’s king when they finally face off at ONE 164.

In an interview with MMA suck‘The Monkey God’ said that he has been working on his striking skills and is prepared to take the fight to the champ no matter where it goes:

Like I said, there’s no game plan in this game, it’s you have to be ready at all faces at all times. I might surprise people with my kickboxing skills man. I’ve been working the past six months in my kickboxing and that’s what Justin Scoggins, who’s one of the best kickboxers in the world, and he’s telling me that I’m looking sharp. I’m looking forward to trade hands as well.”

In 14 career fights under the ONE Championship banner, Joshua Pacio has an impressive 73% finish rate, including four knockouts. Standing and trading with Pacio could prove costly for Jarred Brooks.

‘The Monkey God’ poses the biggest threat to Pacio on the ground, but even then, the reigning world champion has shown proficiency in grappling, scoring four victories via submission.

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