How Lito Adiwang Can Take on Business Against Jarred Brooks

Lito Adiwang has a chance to climb even further up the leaderboard if he can put together a good display in his next one. However, the Straw Rank 5th candidate certainly has to face some tough opponents.

Adiwang will take on the role of US veteran Jarred ‘The Monkey God’ Brooks in the main event of ONE: NextGen III, an event that was previously recorded from the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The card will be delivered via tape late on Friday, November 26. This is the first time Lito Adiwang has advertised a card and many things online.

Brooks comes from his time in the UFC, which saw him go up against top talent like Deiveson Figueosystemo. He is a tough proposition for Lito Adiwang 13-3, who faces a dangerous enemy with solid experience below the line.

‘Thunder Kid’ finished 11 of his 13 opponents, including 7 knock-outs and 4 knockdowns. He is one of the most explosive fighters in ONE Championship and arguably the strongest strawweight in the promotion.

However, the challenge Brooks poses is real. If Lito Adiwang doesn’t figure out how to deal with the deft American stylist, it could be a tough night for the Lakay ace team.

Lito Adiwang certainly has the tools needed to win. The question is, can he get it all together and run the business against Brooks all-out?


Attack first, attack hard

The key to Lito Adiwang’s victory has always been his explosive attacks. His fire-fast hands are infused with the power of dynamite and he’s not afraid to let go.

Since entering ONE Championship through the ONE Warrior Series in 2018, Lito Adiwang has scored four successful kills. He will do the same to Brooks.

However, to do that, Lito Adiwang needs to attack first, attack hard, and avoid teamfights with Brooks’ speed.

Brooks will likely attempt to neutralize the strength of Team Lakay’s staunch opponent early by shooting to take down and trying to close the gap. It is imperative that Lito Adiwang use his precise attack, especially his top lane, to catch ‘Monkey God’ when he comes in.

The ‘thunder child’ may have learned his lesson in a loss to Japanese Hiroba Minowa last October. Lito Adiwang nearly finished off his opponent in that skirmish, until Minowa changed course and shoved him into a land battle. This is something Adiwang couldn’t do against Brooks.

The key for Lito Adiwang is pulling the trigger at every opportunity. A slight hesitation on his part would create enough opportunities for Brooks to take advantage and bring the fight to a standstill.


Lito Adiwang needs to avoid grappling exchanges at all costs

Lito Adiwang’s hand is the most damaging in the business. When he injured his opponent, it only took him a few seconds to finish the performance.

However, in the past, Brooks has proven that he can take down aggressive enemies and render them ineffective. ‘The Monkey God’ is a great wrestler who knows how to use leverage and positioning to bring the action into his grappling home. There is no reason to think that he is incapable of doing the same with Lito Adiwang.

If Adiwang is to succeed, he’ll have to find a way to cram Brooks’ shots at every opportunity.

Team Lakay athletes have, historically, had a hard time dealing with grappling professionals. With that in mind, knockdown defense will definitely play an important role in this fight.

Fortunately for Lito Adiwang, the team’s best save went to defending 1st straw world champion Joshua ‘The Passion’ Pacio and 2nd flyweight Danny ‘The King’ Kingad. Both men are the main partners of ‘Thunder Kid’.

Certainly a lot is at stake in this intense showdown. A win for Lito Adiwang could book him a rematch with 3rd-placed Minowa, who have avoided him since the close and controversial finish to their match a year ago. However, Brooks will be looking to claim Adiwang’s spot in the rankings for himself.


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