Indiana MMA phenom Jarred Brooks (11-0 as pro; 15 straight wins including amateur), who made his successful JMMA debut in Pancrase 281, is moving over to the UFC.
In Pancrase 281 Brooks faced Jin Nakamura. At the beginning of the match neither men had tasted defeat in the cage. Brooks showed that he is an aggressive fighter and has remarkable skills in both striking and on the ground, eventually shot in on Nakamura and landing solid punches until the ref had seen enough, calling a halt to the fight. Brooks walked away with a win at 1 minute 23 seconds of round 2. The fight was spectacular in itself but after that Brooks went wild and took to the microphone to call out his biggest critic in Japan, Kento Kambe. After Kambe came to the cage even more madness ensued! Brooks tried to have a go at him and it required all the cornermen, refs and CEO Mr. Sakai himself to separate the two.
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Soon Brooks will make his UFC debut in UFC 208 in Brooklyn on Feb 11th. He will be facing Ian McCall (13-5-1 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC).
Ian McCall was originally supposed to face Neil Seery (16-12 MMA, 3-3 UFC), but Seery was forced to drop out, sadly due to a death in his family. Our thoughts go out to him and his family. We are really excited that McCall can stay on the card and will be watching Brooks’ career closely.