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.

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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"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.