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Controversial ending to ONE strawweight title bout rematch as Jarred Brooks DQ'd vs Joshua Pacio

Joshua Pacio reclaimed the ONE strawweight title but in an unconventional way. ONE Championship (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--The ONE strawweight title fight rematch between Jarred Brooks and Joshua Pacio ended controversially as the American fighter was disqualified just 56 seconds into their clash at ONE 166 on Friday night at the Lusail Sports Arena in Qatar.

Brooks thought he knocked out Pacio to keep his belt when referee Herb Dean stopped the fight following a ground-and-pound action right after a takedown.

However, Dean ruled it otherwise as Brooks appeared to have slammed Pacio down to the canvas head-first during the takedown attempt, considered by ONE Championship as an "illegal spike".

With the disqualification also having an impact on the title change, Pacio, who was still receiving treatment as of posting, is once again the ONE strawweight champion, his sixth reign as the top guy in the 125-pound division.

Earlier in the night, Pacio's fellow Filipino strawweight contender Jeremy Miado suffered a first-round submission defeat to Japanese opponent Keito Yamakita.

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