One of the top prospects from the Ohio Valley region finally receives his shot at stardom. It was announced earlier this afternoon that the BluegrassMMA #1 ranked flyweight Jarred “The Monkey God” Brooks (12-0) will step in to replace Neil Seery in his UFC debut.
Seery was set to square off against Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall (2-3-1 UFC, 13-5-1 overall) at the upcoming UFC 208 event in Brooklyn, New York. Unfortunately, Seery had to pull out of the fight after the passing of his mother-in-law.
This marks the fourth time that McCall has had an opponent back out since his last fight two years ago this month. With just under two weeks before UFC 208 takes place, Brooks gets the opportunity of his lifetime.
The undefeated Brooks had a busy 2016 competing five times inside the cage. His latest victory came this past October when he stopped Jun Nakamura (7-1) at Pancrase 281 in Tokyo, Japan. He has finished four of his last five opponents.
Brooks was destined to get his shot in the spotlight, some suggesting that it was long overdue, having amassed a perfect career. The state champion wrestler finished out his amateur career with an unblemished 13 wins and 0 losses. He remains unscathed in the professional ranks.
Typically, Brooks competed in the strawweight division (115lbs) but will step up in weight when he meets McCall in the flyweight division.
UFC 208 takes place February 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The card is headlined by an inaugural women’s featherweight title fight between former bantamweight champ Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie.