Senzo Ikeda added to his hot streak with another stunning victory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
The Japanese veteran stopped Ryuto Sawada with a barrage of knees in the second round of their strawweight MMA clash during Part I of the historic ONE X card.
He’s now scored three straight wins in ONE Championship after a stunning body-shot knockout of Elipitua Siregar and a well-rounded decision over Liang Hui.
Given his current form, the confident 39-year-old is looking toward the division’s top five contenders, which includes #5-ranked Lito Adiwang, who defeated Ikeda with a painful TKO back in 2019.
But while the Paraestra Matsudo representative would like to earn some redemption versus the Filipino, his sights are set even higher.
"Of course, I want to take revenge against (Adiwang), but I’m not that young, so I want to fight against the strongest fighters as soon as possible," Ikeda said.
"So either the No. 1- or No. 2-ranked is fine, and then I want to get a world title shot as soon as possible."
Jarred Brooks on Ikeda's hitlist
Ikeda (14-6-1) is aiming for No. 1-ranked strawweight Bokang Masunyane and No. 2-ranked Jarred Brooks, but he picked out one name in particular after his victory at ONE X.
In his post-fight interview with commentator Mitch Chilson, the Sendai native called out Brooks (18-2), a brash American who’s made quite an impression since joining the organization.
"I would like to fight against the toughest opponents in this division," Ikeda said. "Jarred Brooks, I would love to fight him."
Brooks is also in fine form, recording back-to-back wins over Adiwang and No. 4-ranked Hiroba Minowa while going undefeated in his last six bouts.
Those performances have "The Monkey God" on the cusp of a ONE strawweight world title shot against Team Lakay superstar Joshua Pacio, which makes him a target for the rest of the division.
It’s not clear whether Ikeda will get his wish, but if he ever meets Brooks in the ONE circle, expect nonstop action between the two live-wire athletes.
This story first published at ONEFC.com.