Two top-ranked strawweight contenders will face off for the next shot at divisional gold when ONE: Eersel vs. Sadikovic goes down live on Friday, 22 April, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
South Africa’s Bokang Masunyane sits atop the rankings, but he’ll need to cement his spot to guarantee a showdown with ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio.
Hoping to snatch that opportunity from him is #2-ranked Jarred “The Monkey God” Brooks, who has made waves in the division since debuting last year.
Masunyane holds a perfect professional record of 8-0 going into the world title eliminator tilt. The 27-year-old known as “Little Giant” most recently knocked out Rene Catalan in less than 40 seconds with an incredible head kick. His previous six victories came by unanimous decision, and he has one submission to his name.
“Little Giant” has demonstrated himself to be a well-rounded martial artist, and his record speaks for itself. But in Brooks, he'll face a dangerous opponent with far more experience than he has.
“The Monkey God” has a record of 18-2, with half of those wins coming via submission or knockout. The American athlete has an extensive background in wrestling and was Indiana State Champion in the sport.
Brooks is on a four-fight winning streak and most recently defeated Japan’s Hiroba Minowa by decision back in January. Prior to that, he took on Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang in his ONE debut and submitted him in the second round. “The Monkey God” has faced two of the top five in the strawweight division and has earned the right to call for a shot at gold.
The outspoken Detroit resident isn’t shy about making his thoughts known leading up to his fights, and he believes he’ll have the advantage when he squares off with Masunyane in two weeks.
“He's super athletic. He has a lot of great qualities that he has shown. But unfortunately, he hasn't really gone against anybody, and they put him in front of me. I think that I have faced way better opponents. He has good wrestling. He has good conditioning, but he hasn't been tested. When a fist comes across the face, then we'll see how he reacts,” Brooks said.
Stay tuned as the two will meet to settle who truly deserves the spot as the number one contender at ONE: Eersel vs. Sadikovic on Friday, 22 April, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.