Rough Road Back to World Title Contention Brings out the Best in Joshua Pacio

Joshua Pacio One Championship
Every time Joshua “The Passion” Pacio steps into the ONE Championship cage, it is in pursuit of a lifelong dream, one that he has had since a young boy growing up in Baguio City in the Philippines.
Having already conquered the Philippine and regional martial arts scenes, winning several titles along the way, only one target remains – the ONE Strawweight World Championship.
The 22-year-old Team Lakay standout may be one of the younger competitors in the organization, but he has already emerged as a seasoned leader in one of the most well-respected gyms in Asia and could be the next martial arts superstar of the Philippines.
Ever since falling short in his bid to capture the ONE Strawweight World Championship title against then-titleholder Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito in October 2016, Pacio was a man on a mission to catapult himself back into title contention.
However, it was not a smooth path going back to the world title stage for Pacio as he has had a mixed run of results.
After a career-defining split decision win over former world champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in March, Pacio was then submitted by top Japanese prospect Hayato Suzuki in the first round of their recent August clash.
Although he managed to redeem himself by scoring a highlight-reel knockout of former boxing champion and compatriot Roy Doliguez this past November, Pacio still looks for consistency with regards to his performance inside the ONE Championship cage.
“It’s more about consistency. To be consistent inside the cage is what I am for at present. I have to win it all if I want to be back in the title contender’s position. A single loss could bring me back to square one. However, I am willing to work for it,” he said.
Despite the rough road back to vying for the ONE Strawweight World Championship, Pacio is inspired to embrace the grind as he witnessed Team Lakay’s elder statesman Eduard Folayang endured a tumultuous period of uncertainty in his martial arts career before becoming one of the brightest superstars and most beloved titleholders in ONE Championship history.
“Before he (Folayang) got the belt, he went through a lot of ups and downs in his career. He was beaten and was knocked out twice, but I saw the fight still burning in him,” he stated.
“Now, he still goes to the gym and tries to get better and better every day. He taught me a lot about life and its spiritual side, and he taught me positive attitudes that will bring me up in my career,” Pacio added.
According to Pacio, it has been his mantra to turn his heartbreaking losses into lessons that would give him the fresh perspective to persevere and push forward until he achieves his goal.
 “My two losses in my career made me realize just how much more I had to improve so that I can become a better martial artist,” he disclosed. “I realized that there are a lot of holes in my game, and that the only way to get better is to recognize my weaknesses.”
His hunger to take things into another level showed in his most recent outing as he knocked out Doliguez in the second round with a spinning backfist last November.
Pacio has the chance to make it two in a row as he is set to duke it out with China’s Lan Ming Qiang on the undercard of ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES, which takes place at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 26 January.
Pacio was originally scheduled to square off with Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit in the co-main event, but the undefeated Thai was forced to withdraw from the contest just a week out from the bout due to injury.
Lan accepted the offer to step in for Mitsatit and face a former world title contender like Pacio in his promotional debut.
“I was excited about my bout with Pongsiri because it would have been a clash of the young guns. I am not disappointed because it is safety first. If I was the one sick or injured, I would not compete either, so I hope he recovers fast and gets back on track,” he shared.
“Lan Ming Qiang is my new opponent now, and I need to adopt quickly to his style. But our game plan is still the same, and I will execute that on 26 January,” Pacio further explained.
From Guangxi, China, Lan is a national sanda champion who trains alongside flyweight world title contender “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin at the Jincan Defense Club.
After a 16-2 Wushu Sanda record and several championship titles, the 24-year-old Chinese prodigy recently made his transition to the cage and already has a pair of stunning victories to his credit.
The opponent change has not affected Pacio or his training at Team Lakay, revealing that he will continue his normal preparation alongside head coach Mark Sangiao and his world-class teammates.
“The toughest thing about Lan’s skill set is his striking game, but I think I have competed against some of the best strikers in my division,” he stressed. “I expect that Lan will be explosive and hungry, so I will stick to our game plan and get the win.”
For Pacio, his three-round cage encounter with Lan is an opportunity to build some momentum.
 “I see this match as a very exciting one because I know we are both warriors, and I know we will put everything on the line on the 26th,” he ended.


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Six Filipinos Will Punch Their Way To Become Legendary

Belingon Pacio Folayang Kingad Iniong

ONE Championship is geared up for another exciting night of fights. The biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia stacked its fight card for their return to Manila, Philippines.
ONE: Legends of the World goes down November 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The card is set to showcase two high profile champions of their divisions go to war in the night’s main event. Lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang will be taking on fellow champion Martin Nguyen who moved up from Featherweight for a championship bout.
12 November 2016. The day the Philippines and Filipino fight fans were treated to a night of unforgettable fight as EDUARD LANDSLIDE FOLAYANG defeated MMA legend Shinya Aoki via TKO in a 5-round battle to claim the ONE Championship LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE in Singapore with ONE: DEFENDING HONOR at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The finish came in the third round as Aoki’s face planted on the canvas taking unanswered relentless punches from the face of Philippine MMA.
Eduard Folayang retained his ONE Lightweight World Championship with a masterful display of striking to defeat top Malaysian lightweight Ev “E.T.” Ting at ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY last April at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.
He will defend the crown against Martin Nguyen of Australia on November 10. Nguyen shocked the world by stopping Marat Gafurov in their rematch to become the ONE Featherweight World Champion last August. Now he look to become the first two-division champion in ONE Championship history.
That’s not the only world championship on the line in Manila. The ONE Flyweight World Championship pits the reigning titleholder Adriano Moraes against number two contender Danny Kingad at the co-main event. This big fight could give Team Lakay the third world champion in mixed martial arts honor and prestige.
An unbeaten flyweight contender from Team Lakay, Danny Kingad, has a perfect five win, no loss record. One of the top prospects to come out of the high altitudes of Baguio City, Philippines, Kingad is a tremendous striker, operating out of his world-class wushu base. In his last bout, Kingad emerged victorious against Muhammad Aiman of Malaysia by unanimous decision. His undefeated record was supposed to be challenged by Hexigetu of China four months ago, but their bout was cancelled twice.  Now it’s time to touch gloves with his Brazilian foe for the World Flyweight Championship.
Kevin Belingon had a good timing when he dropped Reece McLaren at ONE: Quest for Greatness in August and gave barrage of punches earning Belingon a TKO victory. In January 2016, Belingon challenged the bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes in the main event of ONE: Dynasty of Champions. The title bout didn’t go as planned for the challenger as Belingon was submitted by Fernandes in the first round. Team Lakay’s heavy-hitter looks to extend his win streak to four against the undefeated Kevin Chung of U.S.A. “The Silencer” could be one win away from another title shot.
Joshua Pacio is also a former world title challenger. The testament to just how good the 20 year-old warrior from Baguio’s Team Lakay were his fights with the reigning and former world champions Yoshitaka Naito and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichokei. “The Passion” is a very capable and persistent fighter taking all the sweat he have experienced inside the cage to  become a better version of himself. He will show that he is able to sustain the growth as he try to get back in the win column as he take on compatriot Roy Doliguez next. Roy Doliguez showed the world last September that he is still one of the competitive strawweights by knocking out Yago Bryan at ONE: Total Victory in Jakarta.

The rose among the thorns, Gina Iniong, will attempt to get her second win in a row since successful ONE Championship debut at Kings of Destiny held in Manila. With a solid display of striking superiority, she added the Filipino-English fighter Natalie Gonzales Hills to her resume. French fighter Nathalie Heidel and Japanese veteran Mei Yamaguchi are also this Team Lakay’s atomweight standout notable victories. Iniong is looking to win her second ONE competition against Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol of Indonesia.
Make sure you don’t miss these fights. Be at SM Mall of Asia Arena! Let us support these Filipinos excelling in MMA as they take on their opponents in front of their home crowd.
Below is the night’s stacked fight card:
Main Card:
Eduard Folayang vs Martin Nguyen
Adriano Moraes vs Danny Kingad
Kevin Belingon vs Kevin Chung
Alex Silva vs Hayato Suzuki
Anatpong Bunrad vs Reece McLaren
Zhao Zhikang vs Thai Rithy
Prelims:
Gina Iniong vs Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol
Joshua Pacio vs Roy Doliguez
Xie Chao vs Kelvin Ong
Peng Xue Wen vs Phat Soda

One FC: "The Passion" in Between the Joshua Pacio

“The Passion”. This is a moniker given to this 21-year old native of Baguio City due to his love for what he does and strong desire to succeed.
Joshua Pacio is working towards harnessing his passion for the game. A win on his upcoming bout can put him back in position for another crack at strawweight title, but he prefers to take every step rather than looking for quick results in achieving his life’s goal to rule the 115 pound division.
They say if you think that success is going to come easy then you might as well stay asleep. Pacio just keep putting in the work, loving the grind and having a passion for what he do to get to his goals. He is even mixing study, work and fitness to be the best of both worlds.
“I am willing to wait for the right time. Timing is everything. Every moment has its own purpose. I don’t race to be in line for that belt, but I’m racing to perfection in this sport.”
Joshua Pacio picks up the biggest win of his career when he defeated the former world strawweight champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke at ONE Championship: Warrior Kingdom last March in Bangkok, Thailand. In just one year of being Asia’s largest MMA promotion ONE Championship fighter, we have seen this young warrior inside the cage scored quite the impressive wins. You don’t get a mark in the win column by just punches, kicks, elbows and knees. It takes passion, persistence and hardwork.
“There is always a room for improvement. Although I won against Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke last March, there is still an urgency to improve my skills and arsenal further after the fight. This time, we enhanced timing and precision. We added speed as well as proper executions of game plan,” he shared.
Joshua Pacio (9-1) takes down Kings and Conquerors on set. He will fight against another undefeated Japanese Hayato Suzuki (16-0-2). The bantamweight title bout between Bibiano Fernandes and Andrew Leone will headline the fight card. ONE Championship comes back to Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao August 5 on Saturday where he earned a title shot at strawweight after defeating Kritsada Kongsrichai in 2016 of August. Two months after that year, he nearly took Yoshitaka Naito’s belt to become the youngest Filipino to capture a MMA world title. But the Japanese Champion handed him his first loss by submission in the third round at ONE Championship: State of Warriors.
“Every martial artist should have the sense of growth. This sport is constantly evolving, and every fighter should adapt to changes and improve their overall MMA game. It’s either you adapt or you fail. I learned my lesson, and I chose to adapt for the better.
I don’t fear that my opponent has the ability to take my spot in the rankings. I am consistently improving. The goal is to win and improve. That’s my mindset right now. As I grind at the gym every single day, I know that the belt will be mine soon. Hard work cannot be denied forever,” Joshua added as he looks to end Suzuki’s undefeated streak.
Many of us wouldn’t have continued after a failure. But passion will find a way when you pave the path that you want to lead. These are the reasons why I gave Joshua the moniker “The Passion” he is now using. It rhyme with Pacio and fit for his being a surging strawweight and more importantly, Joshua approves!
“My moniker? It depends on the crowd or the name people will give me. Ayos yung binigay mo na ‘The Passion’ sakin Ma’am (“The Passion” moniker you gave to me Ma’am…would look good on me),” he said when I asked him last year what nickname he would like to put in between the Joshua Pacio.
If you live your passion then success will follow and it is what this Team Lakay standout is about.

Joshua Pacio Willing to Wait for the Right Time to Vie for World Title Again

If he secures an impressive triumph in his upcoming bout, Filipino standout Joshua “The Passion” Pacio might place himself on the verge of another shot at the ONE Strawweight World Championship title.
However, the 21-year-old native of Baguio City, Benguet revealed that he is not in a hurry and would rather take the long road to a second championship crack than prematurely vie for the gold-plated strap.
“I am willing to wait for the right time. Timing is everything. Every moment has its own purpose,” he said. “I don’t race to be in line for that belt, but I’m racing to perfection in this sport.”
Pacio earned his lone previous title shot when he defeated gritty Thai grappler Kritsada Kongsrichai via first-round submission in August 2016 to set up a date with ONE Championship’s reigning strawweight kingpin Yoshitaka Naito.
Naito derailed Pacio’s title aspirations in October 2016 as the Japanese champion pulled off a come-from-behind win by submitting the Filipino fighter with a rear-naked choke in the third round to keep the coveted ONE Strawweight World Championship belt around his waist.

Winning ONE Championship’s flyweight top prize was within reach of Pacio as the 5-foot-4 Team Lakay young gun effortlessly stuffed all five takedown attempts of Naito in the first round and peppered his Japanese foe with lunging right hands and spinning back kicks.
Although Naito was able to take him down to the mat in the second period, Pacio was able to inflict damage while defending on his back.
But it only took one mistake to crush Pacio’s dream to become the youngest Filipino to win a world title in mixed martial arts (MMA) as Naito latched on a rear-naked choke that ended his undefeated streak.
Pacio saw his heartbreaking setback to Naito as an important lesson because it gave him an opportunity to patch the loopholes in his outstanding skill-set.
“It’s not a defeat. I viewed as an important lesson. It also served as an inspiration to push myself to the limit. It is an eye-opening experience. Here I am standing in front of you as a matured competitor inside the cage,” Pacio stated.
Pacio reaped the fruits of his labor this past March when he scored a huge victory over former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke by way of split decision.
“Every martial artist should have the sense of growth. This sport is constantly evolving, and every fighter should adapt to changes and improve their overall MMA game. It’s either you adapt or you fail. I learned my lesson, and I chose to adapt for the better,” Pacio shared.
Now using the moniker “The Passion” due to his ardent desire to improve each day as a martial artist, Pacio returns to action on 5 August as he squares off with Japanese newcomer Hayato Suzuki on the undercard of ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS in Macao, China.
Suzuki owns a remarkable MMA record of 16-0-2 and is known as a well-rounded warrior who has the ability to stop his foes with his heavy hands and technical grappling skills.
Out of 16 career wins, Suzuki has finished 11 of his opponents, including six by submission and five by knockout.
“It’s going to be an action-packed fight. I can’t be complacent. Moreover, I have to be two steps or three steps ahead of him,” Pacio said about his scheduled three-round strawweight clash against Suzuki.
Suzuki might pose a threat to Pacio’s spot in the rankings, but the latter leans on the learning from the match-up that can benefit his maturity as a prizefighter.

“Every fight is a lesson. We, as fighters, gain valuable knowledge every time we train and step into the cage. I am here to learn and grown. I will always be grateful with what I have. I have no problem if I need to prove once again that I deserve another championship opportunity,” Pacio asserted.
As he goes through another tough encounter inside the ONE Championship cage, Pacio remains optimistic that the ONE Strawweight World Championship title will be in his possession someday.
“I don’t fear that my opponent has the ability to take my spot in the rankings. I am consistently improving. The goal is to win and improve. That’s my mindset right now. As I grind at the gym every single day, I know that the belt will be mine soon. Hard work cannot be denied forever,” he ended.


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Joshua Pacio’s convincing victory over Dejdamrong could be his ticket for ONE Strawweight World Championship again

After nearly capturing the ONE Strawweight World Championship belt five months ago, the road back to earning another title shot commences for Joshua Pacio as the highly-touted Filipino fighter is set to duke it out with former world titleholder Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.
Both men are scheduled to face each other on the undercard of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, which takes place at the 12,000-capacity Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, 11 March.
Pacio is expected to have his hands full as he shares the ONE Championship cage with Dejdamrong, who is a three-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai world champion with over 25 years of competitive experience.

Having a record of 6-1 as a professional mixed martial artist, Dejdamrong is known as a technical striker with quick hands and lightning feet, employing some of the most unique and creative combinations.
Although Pacio has a tall order in front of him, Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is confident that his talented ward will have his hand raised in triumph.
Sangiao, who has played a key role in the success of fighters such as Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, Geje Eustaquio and Kevin Belingon, believes that Pacio’s versatility will have a big factor against Dejdamrong.
“In today’s MMA, versatility is the key to success. Your striking should be as good as your grappling in order to be successful. Joshua is good in all aspects of the game. He has a superb striking background. He also has an efficient ground game. In his upcoming bout, you can expect that Joshua will be the more well-rounded guy inside the cage against a pure striker like Dejdamrong,” he stated.
Pacio, who possesses an impressive 8-1 standing as a prizefighter, is a Wushu specialist with a solid grappling skill set.
All eight of his career victories have come by finish, including five wins by impressive submission and three wins by knockout.

“There is something special in Joshua. He’s young, but he is hardworking and willing to give his best. Joshua always pushes himself to the limit. He knows that he has to do the grind in training to be successful in his fights,” Sangiao said of Pacio.
“He is truly dedicated to what he does. Plus, he has this winning attitude, which is an essential requirement to a fighter who wants to become a champion in this sport,” he added.
Sangiao is totally convinced that Pacio will be difficult for Dejdamrong to handle due to his ability to mix it up inside the cage.
“Joshua can fight anywhere, whether it’s in the stand-up or on the ground,” he shared. “Versatility will be the key to victory in this fight.”
Sangiao hopes that if Pacio secures a convincing victory over Dejdamrong, it will grant his valued student a rematch with Yoshitaka Naito for the ONE Strawweight World Championship strap later this year.
“He is so prepared for this fight. He has given everything in training just to be in perfect shape for this bout. Joshua is really determined to get another title shot against Naito. He almost won that fight. He believes that a win against Dejdamrong will be his ticket to Naito. I also hope that we can get that title shot if he wins,” he said.


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About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more.

What’s in store for some of the fighters at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM

After hosting a successful first event in Bangkok, Thailand, last year, ONE Championship returns to the Thai capital on Saturday Night, 11 March. The organization will stage its second event in the country, ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM.

The show will be headlined by an inspiring women’s title bout featuring a pair of undefeated heroines, and they will be supported by a stellar cast of future title contenders and some of the most promising Thai mixed martial artists to come out of the Southeast Asian country.

For many of the dynamic athletes who will be competing at this event, the stakes are high. There is much to gain, and perhaps even more to lose. Let’s examine what is in store for some of the fighters at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM.

Angela Lee

Angela Lee is one of the brightest superstars, and unquestionably the most beloved female athlete, in ONE Championship. The 20-year-old has lived up to her nickname and has been “Unstoppable” on her path to capturing the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship at ONE: ASCENT TO POWER last May, nearly one year after she made her professional debut.

The well-rounded martial artist, who splits her time training at United MMA and the Singapore-based Evolve MMA, absolutely tore through her first five opponents. If she showed any vulnerability, it was in the aforementioned title fight, where former DEEP JEWELS champion Mei Yamaguchi floored her with a massive right cross and brought her into the deep rounds.

Lee recovered, was able to go the full twenty five minutes, however, and never seemed to run out of energy with her takedowns, her striking, or her relentless submission attempts. The “Unstoppable” fighter has heart, and as a result, she also has the belt.

Now that she’s the champion, that does not mean she is perfectly fine coasting to a decision. On the contrary, she wants to finish every tilt moving forward as quick as humanly possible, and that starts with Jenny Huang. Lee wants to have a dominant reign and establish a legacy, but that can only happen if she comes away with a win.

Jenny Huang

Jenny Huang’s martial arts journey is the complete opposite of the champion’s. While Lee grew up in a family that bonded over the martial arts, Huang’s parents were vehemently against their daughter learning it. Her father even forced her to quit taekwondo when she went to class with her little brother.

However, her craving to learn was inevitably satisfied. First through middle school via judo, followed by Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA when she traveled to America and Singapore in her 20s. By the time she returned home to her native Chinese Taipei, the judo black belt was hooked.

She followed her instincts and decided to take her talents to the professional level. So far, the career move has paid off. Ever since making her debut in 2015, she has won all five of her fights, the last three by impressive submission.

For Huang, who now trains with the China-based Tianjin Top Team, she has a tremendous amount to gain from this fight. The 26-year-old has the chance to extend her undefeated record, win the most prestigious women’s title in the sport, become the first MMA Champion from Chinese Taipei, and gain the admiration and respect from her parents that she always sought after.

Shannon Wiratchai

Shannon Wiratchai has the opportunity to make a grand statement. The man known as “OneShin” is quickly becoming a fan favorite for his entertaining style, both inside the cage and out.

The last time we saw the Bangkok Fight Lab veteran was at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS in September, where his unforgettable entrance featured him playing off the popular Pokemon GO craze, and was followed by an even more exciting bout where he bested Malaysian hero Peter Davis in his hometown.

Currently holding a 6-1 record and riding a four-fight win streak, Wiratchai claims the home court advantage for his upcoming bout against Richard “Notorious” Corminal. Based in Malaysia, Corminal is a boxing and Muay Thai specialist who carries a respectable 4-1 record, and has finished every opponent who has stood across the cage from him with strikes.

Wiratchai should have a more diversified skill set, and at 28, he is just now entering his prime. If he could make a definitive statement by soundly defeating Corminal, then “OneShin” could easily be fighting a lightweight contender in his next match.

Sagetdao Petpayathai

Sagetdao Petpayathai may be making his MMA debut at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, but he has the potential to become the biggest mixed martial artist that Thailand has ever produced. Those are big words, but he could very well back them up.

Known by his nickname “Deadly Star,” the aggressive Petpayathai is one of the most decorated Muay Thai champions of the past ten years. He has held the Lumpinee Stadium Championship on four occasions, in addition to the Rajadamnern Stadium Championship and WBC Super Lightweight Title, amongst others.

He decided to learn the various disciplines of MMA shortly after relocating to Singapore in 2014. Now, only 30 years old and rounding out his game with the various world champions at Evolve MMA, he will have a chance to see how his skills translate inside the cage.

Petpayathai’s first test will be against another promotional debutante in Kelvin “Ice Man” Ong. The Malaysian featherweight prospect trains with the likes of AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor and Ann Osman at Borneo Tribal Squad MMA, has competed in various martial arts competitions, and won his first and only MMA bout last July.

This is a big showcase for both competitors, but Petpayathai’s unbelievable Muay Thai experience makes this a must-see fight. It will be interesting to see how well his talent translates inside the cage. If successful, then “Deadly Star” could soon become a “superstar.”

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke And Joshua Pacio

This is a critical moment in the career paths of both the former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and ex-title challenger Joshua Pacio. The two combatants desperately want a rematch against the current titleholder, Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, who gave both of these warriors the only blemish on their otherwise spotless records.

The two strawweights are meeting at the proverbial fork in the road. A win will send one of them towards that desired title bout, while a loss will undoubtedly eliminate the other from contention for the foreseeable future.

Pacio, who holds an 8-1 record, has youth on his side. The 21-year-old Filipino possesses a phenomenal wushu striking background, which was on full display when he battered Naito in their headlining contest at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS last October.

Though he succumbed to a rear-naked choke in the third round, Pacio illustrated a sharpened ground game in the past, and has submitted five of his previous opponents. Also, he is armed with the brilliant game-planning of Team Lakay mastermind Mark Sangiao, who recently orchestrated the rise of ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

Amnuaysirichoke, quite arguably, has more to lose. The Evolve MMA product lost the belt in front of his compatriots last May at ONE: KINGDOM OF CHAMPIONS, and at 38 years old, he could be coming towards the end of his career. If anything, he is more motivated than ever to get back on the winning track in his native country, and he has the ability to do that.

The Thai, who owns a 6-1 record, has the striking advantage as he is a multi-time Lumpinee Stadium Champion. Even in his defeat at the hands of Naito, he was stuffing his opponent’s takedowns before fatigue set in. If it stays on the feed, he should have the edge against his Filipino opponent.

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ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more.

Rabin Catalan Returns to Action as he Squares Off with Pongsiri Mitsatit

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Filipino fighter Rabin “The Rock” Catalan when his maiden appearance on an international mixed martial arts (MMA) stage ten months ago did not go into his favor.
The 30-year-old native of Iloilo City lost his ONE Championship debut via second-round technical knockout at the hands of Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio in April 2016.
Catalan had difficulties in dealing with the stoppage setback to Pacio, prompting him to shy away from the spotlight and assess his future in the sport
With the help of his brothers-in-arms at Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts (MUMMA), Catalan reignited his desire to compete in MMA.
Headquartered in Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental, MUMMA houses the best and the brightest MMA talents in the Philippine’s southernmost major island of Mindanao, including Catalan and fellow ONE Championship athlete Rocky Batolbatol.
Catalan revealed that he draws his inspiration to continue his professional MMA career from his MUMMA teammates.
“They are always there for me. My teammates uplifted me when I was down and out. I’ve found a family in my comrades,” he said. “Now, I am inspired to go back inside the cage and put on a great performance.”

Catalan is slated to return to action as he squares off with Thai standout Pongsiri “Punhod” Mitsatit on the undercard of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, which takes place at the 12,000-capacity Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on 11 March.
An undefeated prospect from Chiang Mai, Thailand, Mitsatit holds a stellar win-loss standing of 7-0, with five knockout triumphs and one submission victory.
According to Catalan, he is in the best shape of his eight-year prizefighting career. The 5-foot-4 MUMMA representative stressed that he is eager to put himself back on the winning track at the expense of Mitsatit.
“With the help of my teammates, I had a great training camp. They made sure that I am prepared in both stand-up and grappling aspects of the fight. I can really say that I am in awesome shape,” he stated.
“My team gives me so much confidence, heading into this bout. I am hungry to win this fight, and I want to get this win for them,” Catalan added.
Aside from Catalan, three other Filipino combatants will don the Philippine colors at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, which is headlined by a five-round championship clash between ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee and top contender Jenny Huang.

Pacio is set to lock horns with former ONE Strawweight World Championship Dejdamrong Amnuaysirichoke in a three-round contest.
Meanwhile, Richard “Notorious” Corminal battles Thai featherweight prospect Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai. Also on the card is Ramon Gonzales, who takes on ex-boxing world titleholder Yodsanan “Little Tyson” Sityodtong.

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Johua Pacio: "vying for the world title once again is my main goal"

Filipino fighter Joshua Pacio knows that if he plays his cards right against Thai combatant Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, he will get an opportunity to challenge Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito for the ONE Strawweight World Championship title again.
Pacio and Naito crossed paths this past October in the main event of ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS, where the latter had to endure two grueling rounds before he pulled off a come-from-behind victory by submitting the Pinoy prospect with a rear-naked choke in the third frame to keep the gold-plated strap around his waist.
The 21-year-old Baguio City native hopes that if he secures a convincing win over Dejdamrong, it will grant him a second date with Naito for the ONE Strawweight World Championship belt later this year.
“I want to fight for the world title again. I was inches away from winning it, but one mistake took that one crowning moment away from me. Since my loss to Naito, vying for the world title once again is my main goal,” Pacio stated.
“I have the chance to face Naito again for the belt if I will get the win over Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke on March 11. The stakes are high in this fight,” he added.

However, Pacio is not alone in the quest to get a second encounter with Naito as Dejdamrong also has a history with the undefeated Japanese champion.
Dejdamrong relinquished his hold of the ONE Strawweight World Championship belt to Naito in May 2016, yielding to the Japanese submission specialist by way of fourth-round rear-naked choke.
Even though it was not publicly announced that the meeting between Pacio and Dejdamrong will be a title eliminator, the Filipino standout truly believes that the winner of the bout will get a rematch with Naito.
“Dejdamrong is a former champion. For sure, he wants to face Naito again and reclaim the belt. On the other hand, I have the same goal in mind. There’s no doubt that the winner of this fight will face Naito. It’s a must-win bout for both of us,” Pacio said.
Pacio clarified that he is not in a hurry and is willing to wait for his turn as strawweights like Alex Silva and Rene Catalan has moved up in the rankings with their recent wins inside the ONE Championship cage.
If he manages to get his hand raised against Dejdamrong, Pacio is ready to prove his position as next in line for Naito’s strawweight title.

“I am not in a hurry. I will honor and respect ONE Championship’s decision if they will not give me another title shot after this fight,” he said. “I will always be grateful with what I have. I have no problem if I need to prove once again that I deserve a championship opportunity.”
Pacio locks horns with Dejdamrong on the undercard of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, which takes place at the 12,000-seater Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on 11 March.

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About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more.

Pacio guarantees a better version of himself as he crosses paths with an ex-world titleholder like Dejdamrong

When Joshua Pacio faced Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito for the ONE Strawweight World Championship title four months ago, it appeared that capturing the prestigious gold-plated strap was within the Filipino fighter’s reach.
In the opening salvo, Pacio effortlessly stuffed all five takedown attempts of Naito and was clearly getting the best out of the stand-up exchanges.
Naito was finally able to get the fight to where he wanted with a successful single-leg takedown in second frame, but Pacio remained active on the ground by landing elbows and keeping his shoulders off the ground while looking to create space with his legs.
However, it only took one crucial mistake in the third round to crush Pacio’s championship aspirations as Naito secured a rear-naked choke to keep the ONE Strawweight World Championship belt around his waist.
Eager to put himself back on the winning track, Pacio is set to make his return to the ONE Championship cage on 11 March to square off with former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke on the undercard of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, which is set to happen at the 12,000-seater Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Pacio guarantees a better version of himself as he crosses paths with an ex-world titleholder like Dejdamrong.

“He is a former champion. There shouldn’t be room even for a single mistake in this bout. One mistake took everything away from me in my last fight. This time around, I can’t be complacent. Moreover, I have to be two steps or three steps ahead of him,” he stated.
“Expect that I will be a better competitor inside the cage. My team has prepared a good strength and conditioning program to level up my cardio. I made sure to sharpen my striking. I also invested time in my ground game,” Pacio added.
Pacio admitted that his third-round submission setback to Naito acted as a valuable lesson and a reasonable opportunity to patch the loopholes in his skillset and mature as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor.
“It’s not a defeat. I think of it as a lesson. It has served as an inspiration and a reminder to work hard and push myself to the limit in training,” he said. “I am still young, and there are a lot of valuable things to learn in MMA. I believe great things are ahead of me.”
The 21-year-old Baguio City native expects that his three-round strawweight encounter with Dejdamrong will have no shortage of firepower as both men possess outstanding striking pedigrees.

Pacio has a Wushu Sanshou background, while Dejdamrong is a three-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai world champion.
“It’s going to be an action-packed fight. He is a striker and a world champion in Muay Thai. I have a Wushu background. It will be exciting for sure,” he stressed.

Seeking to vie for the ONE Strawweight World Championship once more, Pacio believes that a decisive victory over Dejdamrong will strengthen his bid to get a rematch with Naito.
“I want to fight for the title again. I was winning in that fight. I have to move on and focus on my next task. I believe that a win over Dejdamrong will put me back into the position to fight for the title again,” he ended.

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About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more.

"Passion" Lives Passionately and Inspire People with his Passion

Joshua Pacio has been training hard for his return to the cage, looks ready to fight to his best and showed strong character in struggle. The passion of “Passion” is a standout amongst young warriors on the planet.

Pacio showed an incredible performance against the champion Yoshitaka Naito by surviving numerous submission attempts and doing what the Japanese don’t like to do and that’s striking, but in the third round his opponent locked in a deep rear naked choke to force the tap at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar last October 7, 2016.

The set back pushed the true warrior forward. We all lose at something or fail in our journey of life, it’s how he handled the loss that defines his character. I respect him more as a person, not just as fighter. He immediately went back in the gym training extremely hard and sweat with his squad soon after the biggest fight of his career. He trains and works non stop with the ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang, former featherweight champion Honorio Banario, Geje Eustaquio, Danny Kingad, April Osenio, Kevin Belingon, Edward Kelly and coach Mark Sangiao. A fight team and coaching staff that performs amazingly and develops him for the bigger and better. The young strawweight stalwart will also inspire, motivate and entertain in giving you some insight to the future on MMA. Just come and  train with Joshua Pacio at Lakay Training Center, Km.4, La Trinidad, Benguet, everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please text or call 09101153741 to inquire. Joshua is looking in the best condition of his life and ready for his comeback to fight the best guys out there and get another shot at the title as quickly as possible.

There is a saying: “There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs”. It still holds true. You must endure the training and development, so that you will be able to sustain the growth.

” You cannot find Defeat in my vocabulary, only the word Lesson. Expect a Different ME next time”

Pacio told his fans and people who keeps on supporting him after his title fight.

When will the time for 20 year-old warrior from Baguio’s Team Lakay comes for him to step back into the cage once again? Let’s wait and watch.

Joshua Pacio and April Osenio in ONE Championship’s Top Five Submissions of the Past Quarter

The humble knockout is one surefire way to end a fight without having to leave the decision at the hands of the judges — but it is not the only way.
The science of submissions is equally as beautiful. How a fighter transitions from one position to another, how they set up with subtle movements before pouncing to finish is truly breathtaking in the literal and figurative sense.
In celebration of this beautiful art, let’s take a look at five of the best ONE Championship submissions in the three months.

#1 Martin Nguyen (Guillotine Choke) at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD, Macau, 13 August

Was there any submission this quarter more exciting and more shocking than the way Martin Nguyen put Christian Lee to sleep with a guillotine choke? “The Situ-Asian” posed the toughest test for the previously-unbeaten Lee, and for good reason. Nguyen was an experienced, older opponent for the youngster.
If Lee had gotten past Nguyen, it would surely have sent a message to the division that Lee was ready for a run at the top of the class. But Nguyen had other plans, and managed to delay the inevitable. Yes, Christian Lee may be destined for great things, but Martin Nguyen tells us it is not just yet.
Nguyen came into the bout with a chip on his shoulder. Everyone was so high on Lee that they wrote the Australian off pretty quickly. But with a bounce in his step from the opening bell, you could tell Nguyen wanted to lay that doubt to rest.
As the younger Lee pressed Nguyen against the cage, Nguyen uncorked a counter left hook that dropped the Singaporean prospect to the mat. After a brief scramble, an obviously still shaken Lee got caught in a guillotine that spelled the beginning of the end of the bout.
From that point on, Nguyen just would not let go — and Lee would not tap. The result was Lee taking a short nap on the canvas, before waking up to the first loss of his career.

#2 Aung La N Sang (Arm Triangle Choke) at ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS (HEFEI), China, 2 July

Middleweight contender “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang left his home country of Myanmar when he was 18 years old. While in America, he picked up mixed martial arts and went on to enjoy a respectable career for various MMA promotions.
Known for his constricting style of fighting, the “Burmese Python” has 19 total victories with only one opponent reaching the final bell, and 11 of his wins have come by submission. That’s an incredible statistic, and belies Aung La N Sang’s level of grappling skill.
Last July, Aung La N Sang traveled to Hefei, China, and faced then-undefeated Russian contender Aleksei Butorin to a chorus of cheers from the crowd. And in a truly back-and-forth grappling battle, Aung La N Sang dug deep to find enough resolve to win.
After jockeying for position most of the fight, threatening each other with various submissions including a simultaneous heel hook from both athletes, Aung La N Sang finally got the drop on Butorin in round two, catching the Russian in an arm triangle choke.

#3 Joshua Pacio (Rear Naked Choke) at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD, Macau, 13 August

ONE Championship strawweight standout Joshua Pacio is a wushu expert, much like his seniors at the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines. But aside from his world-class striking skills and his ability to finish opponents with his fists, the 20-year-old owns more submission victories on his resume than he does knockouts.
Out of eight wins, Pacio has finished five by impressive submission. Now that is certainly a special feat considering his expertise in the stand-up. Last August, Pacio took on Thai wrestling champion Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai, and it was no different.
After a back-and-forth exchange of dominant positions, Pacio found himself in the clinch against Kongsrichai with just a little over a minute left to go in the first round. The Filipino then held on to a single leg, drove his opponent to the mat, and went to work.
From there, Pacio passed guard and secured mount, unleashing a barrage of strikes from top position to force Kongsrichai to give up his back. Pacio immediately went for the rear naked choke, and the tap came shortly after.
It was a masterful execution of a routine choke that sent a message to the rest of the division, and earned Pacio a shot at Yoshitaka Naito’s ONE Strawweight World Championship.

#4 April Osenio (Guillotine Choke) at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS, Kuala Lumpur, 2 September

Fans have to be excited whenever two fearsome ladies take to the ONE Championship cage. At times, not only do women athletes know exactly how to throw down, they also go at it harder than the men do. Such was the case when the Philippines’ April Osenio went up against Malaysia’s fighting belle Ann “Athena” Osman.
Osenio may have lost her first professional bout, but she won her second bout via armbar. Just like Pacio, for a wushu striking expert from the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, winning by submission is completely out of left field. They are known as extremely high-level stand up fighters, and not submission specialists by any means, although they have made improvements recently.
That makes Osenio’s victory over Osman all the more special. Osenio, with her back against the fence, caught Osman in a standing guillotine and pulled guard, catching the Malaysian by surprise.
That was a sure sign that Osenio was actively pursuing a submission. Osenio squeezed as tight as she could, and with the hooks in deep, Osman was not left with much of a choice but to tap.

#5 Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (Guillotine Choke) at ONE: TITLES & TITANS, Jakarta, 27 August

From the little that we have seen of Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev, fans have already come to know the Russian as a bonafide knockout artist.
Before entering the cage against Haolan Jietebusibai last August, he had already scored three spectacular TKO finishes in his first three bouts as a professional martial artist — all of which ended in the first round.
Collectively, Saygid had spent just a little over three minutes inside the cage, and that is mightily impressive. Against Jietebusibai, Arslanaliev was looking for another highlight-reel KO, but as soon as the guillotine choke presented itself he just had to go for it.
Arslanaliev grabbed a hold of Jietebusibai’s neck and squeezed as tight as he could. He didn’t even bother pulling guard — he just kept it standing and his Chinese opponent had no choice but to tap out.
Suffice to say, we can’t wait for the next time this man is inside the ONE Championship cage. Here is hoping that Arslanaliev gets a call to throw down with a big name opponent soon.

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Joshua Pacio Has Put In The Sweat And Developed Now He’s Ready For The ONE Strawweight’s Biggest Mat

ONE Championship holds an open workout for fans and media at the SM Mall of Asia on September 27 in Manila, Philippines

To make the local fans more amped for the upcoming fights of the Filipino warriors, the promotion set this event in addition to the interviews. One of the featured fighters was Joshua Felix Pacio. He workout, meet fans in Manila and face the media before headlining the ONE: State of Warriors on October 7.

This 20 year-old warrior from Baguio’s Team Lakay have won all eight of his pro bouts and have been undefeated throughout these competitions. And to nobody’s surprise, Joshua Pacio Gets The Title Shot He Rightfully Deserved.

Pacio’s story of his pre fight with Kritsada Kongsrichai at ONE Championship 45: Heroes of the World truly inspired me. It made me more proud being a Filipino.

“Nung nasa Macau ako may mga nakasalubong akong mga Pinoy, sabi ko kinakabahan ako sa laban ko. Pero sabi nila, kaya mo yan! Pinoy ka eh.” (I met these  Filipinos in Macau and told them I’m nervous about my fight. You can you’re Filipino! they answered.)

“Hindi lang sa MMA mag excel ang Pinoy kundi sa lahat ng aspects. Globally competitive ang Pinoy.” (Not only in MMA Filipinos can excel but in all aspects. Filipinos are globally competitive.)

Who would’ve thought that this young man having won so much still feels nervous. Joshua can competitively answers the question thrown at him as well.

We had the honor to one-on-one interview Joshua Pacio. These are the questions I asked him:

What did you ever feel when the title fight was announced?
“When it was announced of course I was shocked and felt a little bit nervous but as days gone by I came to realized that this is a once in a life time opportunity and a blessing for me, not only for me but for the whole team and my country Philippines.”

With a quite impressive defeat less record, this is already the fruit of your hardwork, passion and determination, your thoughts.
“In my 10 years of training martial arts, to fight in a title bout is an unexplainable feeling, and if i bring that belt here in my country that i always pray for is the fruit of my hardwork and the hardwork of the team.”

Toughest opponent outside ONE FC?
“It’s when I fought Jonel Borbon in PXC Laban MMA Baguio 2. Cause even If I was pounding him hard he didn’t give up and I felt his power.”

Toughest opponent in ONE cage?
“I think my toughest fight in ONE is both Rabin Catalan and Kritsada. Robin is also a Pinoy. And as you can see in our previous fight he brings it on and Kritsada is an Olympian wrestler so he is very strong and he takes me down a lot.”

Fighter you look up to?
“I look up to my seniors like Coach Eduard, Honorio, Edward Kelly, Geje, Kevin and of course coach Mark because they are the ones who motivated and trained me to be one of them who is fighting internationally and representing our country in big stage like OneFC.”

Any rituals you do before the fight?
“Everyday I pray to God to and before the fight I pray for my srrength and protection and also the protection of my opponent.”

How were you able to manage your study and career?
“I manage my studies and training by getting a minimum of 12 units. And I make sure that my training doesn’t affect my schedule in school .”

If you didn’t become an MMA fighter, what would you be today?
“I think I’m a one big fat guy eating burger in front of the TV watching and dreaming about becoming a fighter. Haha.”

Message to all the fans who believes in you.
“To all my kababayan and the fans who believe in me and in Team Lakay, I thank you for your never ending support and prayers, para sa atin po lahat ito. Godbless us all”

What nickname would you like to put in between the Joshua Pacio?
My monicker? It depends on the crowd or the name people will give me. Ayos yung binigay mo na ‘The Passion’ sakin ma’am.”

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, hard work and passion. Joshua Pacio getting where he is now is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from those.

Let us support Joshua Felix Pacio and pray for his journey and victory at ONE: State of Warriors on October 7 as well as Eduard Folayang at ONE: Defending Honor on November 13 and Brandon Vera who will defend his heavyweight title first week of December this year.

The Stars of ONE Championship Take The Stage To Host An Open Workout

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ONE Championship holds an open workout for fans and media at the SM Mall of Asia on September 27 in Manila, Philippines
To make the local fans more amped for the upcoming fights of the Filipino warriors, the promotion set this event in addition to the interviews with all the featured fighters. Brandon Vera, Eduard Folayang, Joshua Pacio and Mark Striegl as well as Rich Franklin workout and offer their takes before headlining ONE: State of Warriors on October 7 and ONE: Defending Honor on Nov. 13. 
Rich Franklin did the best in coaching with Brandon Vera and Eduard Folayang rolling around on the mat.
They invite fans on stage to learn some moves from them and learn how to defend them before facing the media.

Joshua Pacio Gets The Title Shot He Rightfully Deserved

If you live your passion then success will follow and it is what young and green Joshua Felix Pacio is about. Team Lakay’s brightest young talent found his way into the biggest fight of his MMA career through his belief in himself and belief in God will provide him. A title fight against the ONE strawweight world champion and unbeaten Yoshitaka Naito of Japan in the main event.

His weakness is the stand-up fight, Muay Thai and kickboxing. But if the fight will be on the ground, he can win. Naito told this in an interview before. True enough, Yoshitaka Naito submits Dejdamrong to claim the strawweight belt last May.

Joshua has 3  by knockout and 5 by submission in his pro MMA record of 8 wins. He is a smart fighter. His skills and the plan he has to execute are what will determine the victory for this fight.

Just a month ago in ONE Championship 45: Heroes of the World at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macau, Joshua Pacio sealed his second ONE championship fight win and stays undefeated with eight win overall. He finished Kritsada Kongsrichai by choking him out in the first round.

The hometown crowd witnessed his successful debut at ONE Championship 41: Global Rivals last April. The event tookplace at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines. Joshua Pacio also finished a fellow Filipino Rabin Catalan. He won by TKO in round two.

Pacio signed up with ONE Championship this year after his submission victory at Team Lakay Championship last March. He is only 20 years old but Joshua Pacio has done so much in less than a year with ONE championship. And to nobody’s surprise, championship belt is on the line.

Here’s the history of the fight of the 20-year-old Baguio native:

▶ Def Kritsada Kongsrichai at ONE Championship 45: Heroes of the World by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
▶ Def Empil at PXC Laban MMA by TKO
▶ Def Catalan at One Championship 41: Global Rivals by Knockout
▶ Def Menzi Jr at TLC – Team Lakay Championship by Submission
▶ Def Bayot at TLC – Team Lakay Championship by Submission
▶ Def Joseph Abrillo at Spartacus MMA by Submission
▶ Def Lobida at Fullcon Fighting Championship 2 – FFC 2 by Knockout
▶ Def Borbon at PXC Laban MMA – Baguio 2 by Knockout
▶ Def Galindez at TLC – Team Lakay Championship 9 by Submission
▶ Def Banguingui at PXC Laban by Decision
▶ Def Ban-Eg at Highland Domination UGB-9 by TKO
▶ Def Songaben at TLC – Team Lakay Championship 8 by Knockout

Joshua ‘Passion’ Pacio. Why I gave him that name? This young warrior trains and studies at the same time. He works hard to be the best of both worlds. Remember, when you pave the path that you want to lead, passion will find a way.

ONE Championship: State of Warriors is set to take place on Saturday, October 7 at the Thuwanna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

Here’s the ONE: State of Warriors full card:

Strawweight World Championship: Yoshitaka Naito vs Joshua Pacio

Middleweight: Aung La N Sang vs Michal Pasternak

Featherweight Tournament Final: Winner Semi-Final 2 vs Winner Semi-Final 1

Bantamweight: Muin Gafurov vs Kevin Belingon

Bantamweight: Yusup Saadulaev vs Jordan Lucas

Featherweight: Bashir Ahmad vs Mahmoud Mohamed

Featherweight: Saw Ba Oo vs Kyal Sin Phyo

Featherweight Tournament Semi-Finals 2: Ye Yint Aung vs Saw Yan Paing

Featherweight Tournament Semi-Finals 1: Kat Pali vs Phoe Thaw

Baguio-based Warriors Gave the Nation ONE Thing To Be Proud Of

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The best MMA team in the Philippines- Team Lakay swept their three matches at One Championship 45 on August 13 at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macau. It is a repeat already. The team went 5-0 at One: Global Rivals just four months ago at the Mall of Asia Arena, Manila. Honorio Banario and Joshua Pacio was in that card too.

On the co-main event, Eduard Folayang was a hope stopper for Adrian Pang’s title shot at the lightweight. There were many savage backfists and sidekicks thrown at him and was getting outscored by ‘The Landslide’. Pang’s chin was so good that he survived the intensity and aggressiveness of the Filipino fighter. I see the aussie winning last night only if he finish Folayang which he didn’t make. The Filipino lightweight was announced as the winner by unanimous decision after three rounds.

Honorio Banario survived Eddie Ng’s takedowns. The former featherweight champion kept coming back with punches raining down on Hongkong-born fighter. Ng tasted some of the sidekicks and knee from Banario. The Filipino finished the three rounds strong and got the unanimous decision win.

Joshua Pacio sealed his second One championship fight win and stays undefeated with eight win overall. It was a rough start for the rookie. Kongsrichai took him down thrice. But the scramble was incredible when Joshua Pacio pummeled him and took Kritsada Kongsrichai’s back, sunk in the choke. The Thai looked helpless to flip him over the top, defenselessly. With the referee stoppage, the future of Team Lakay won by submission (rear-naked choke).

One 45 Championship: Heroes Of The World was a skilled submission grappling and jiu-jitsu kind of Fight Night. Majority of the fights went to the ground and those in their superior ground game got the win.

BJJ black belt Adriano Moraes submitted the striker Tilek Batyrov by way of rear-naked choke in the first round. The win gave the Brazilian an interim One flyweight title. The schedule for a rematch with the reigning flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov will be for sure in the work.

Also in the first round where the aggressive Martin Nguyen surprised the MMA world by ending Christian Lee’s five-win streak and putting one loss on his record with a D’Arce choke. The younger brother of atomweight champion Angela Lee was put to sleep.

In the heavyweight bout, Alain Alexandre Machado Ngalani forced to tap out in the second round due to massive hard shots he was taking on the ground. Machado could be the next challenger for Brandon Vera for the gold heavyweight strap.

The Filipino fighter Jimmy Yabo unfortunately went off-balance in the last two minutes of round three so Ma Jia Wen on top of him landed elbows and punches that the referee had to stopped the fight.

With Istela Nunes split decision win against Mei Yamaguchi, the female atomweight went unbeaten and will get a title shot. Angela Lee of course would be her next opponent.

The results of One: Heroes Of The World are as follows:

One Interim Bantamweight World Championship: Adriano Moraes def Tilek Batyrov by Submission (RNC) in round 2

Lightweight: Eduard Folayang def Adrian Pang by UD after 3 rounds

Lightweight: Honorio Banario def Eddie by UD after 3 rounds

Featherweight: Martin Lee Nguyen Christian def by Submission (D’Arce Choke) in round 1

Heavyweight: Alexandre Machado def Alain Ngalani by TKO in round 2

Female Atomweight: ISTELA Nunes def Mei Yamaguchi by Split Decision after 3 rounds

Featherweight: Ma Jia Wen def Jimmy Yabo by TKO in round 3

Strawweight: Joshua Pacio def Kritsada Kongsrichai by Submission (RNC) in round 1

Bantamweight: Ma Chan Hao Bin def Rothana by UD after 3 rounds

The Competitive Joshua Pacio Is Bound To Continue His Success at ONE: Heroes Of The World

Joshua Pacio of Baguio’s Team Lakay is an undefeated flyweight with a pro-am 11-0 MMA record. He debuted at ONE Championship: Global Rivals last April 15 where he defeated Rabin Catalan who is also a Filipino in the second round by TKO. He is about to continue the win streak in a catchweight bout against Thai Kritsada Kongsrichai next month.

Joshua’s getting a shot to battle in Asia’s largest MMA promotions, One Championship comes as no surprise to anyone who has seen this young warrior inside the cage, having won so much in just three years.

Here’s the History of the Fight of the 20-year-old Baguio native:

▶ Def Empil at PXC Laban MMA by TKO
▶ Def Catalan at One Championship 41: Global Rivals by Knockout
▶ Def Menzi Jr at TLC – Team Lakay Championship by Submission
▶ Def Bayot at TLC – Team Lakay Championship by Submission
▶ Def Joseph Abrillo at Spartacus by MMA Submission
▶ Def Lobida at Fullcon Fighting Championship 2 – FFC 2 by Knockout
▶ Def Borbon at PXC Laban MMA – Baguio 2 by Knockout
▶ Def Galindez at TLC – Team Lakay Championship 9 by Submission
▶ Def Banguingui at PXC Laban by Decision
▶ Def Ban-Eg and Highland Domination UGB-9 by TKO
▶ Def Songaben at TLC – Team Lakay Championship 8 by Knockout

I called this young man one time, Joshua ‘Passion’ Pacio. And the surging flyweight approved it! I was impressed by his love for what he does. In many of his pictures and social media posts, Pacio always talk about trainings, competitions, inspirations and pride. I see he has this strong desire to succeed.

If you live your passion then success will follow and it is what this young prospect is about.

ONE: Heroes Of The World is set to take place on Saturday, August 13, in the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao.

Below are the fighters reportedly lined up on the card:

⚫Flyweight Interim Championship: vs. Andrew Leone Adriano Moraes
⚫Eduard Folayang vs. Adrian Pang
⚫Honorio Banario vs. Eddie Ng
Lee vs. ⚫Christian Martin Nguyen
⚫Alexandre Machado vs. Alain Ngalani
⚫Ma Jia Wen vs. Jimmy Yabo
Hao Bin vs. ⚫Ma Chan Rothana
⚫Kritsada Kongsrichai vs. Joshua Pacio