Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Mixed Martial Arts

Pacio open to defend crown against all comers — including ‘yung paramihan ng win streak’

Just as his initial run, two-time ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio vowed to be a fighting champion.

Friday evening, the 23-year-old standout from Team Lakay put a definitive end to his short-lived feud against Yosuke Saruta in the co-main event of ONE: Roots of Honor.

“In our first bout, I think I had lots of errors. Fifty-fifty eh – some think I won, some don’t,” recalled the proud son of Baguio City.

“But this time around, I didn’t leave it to the judges’ hands.”

Unlike their controversial first bout 83 days in Indonesia, Pacio made sure that there would be no questions raised this time around. He knocked Saruta out with a swift right head kick to win the crown once more.

And there will be no rematch.

ONE-Roots-of-Honor-Joshua-Pacio-def-Saruta Pacio open to defend crown against all comers -- including 'yung paramihan ng win streak' Mixed Martial Arts News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

“That was definitive. If you get knocked out like that, you got to work your way back up,” said ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong.

It was a satisfying win not only for Pacio personally, but for the entire Team Lakay stable.

Over the first three months of the year, the Mark Sangiao-mentored squad lost four of its world championships.

“Speechless at napakasaya.

“Wala nang duda ang mga tao. Satisfying win ito hindi lang para sa akin, kung hindi para sa team ko. We worked hard for it,” expressed Pacio.

Pacio is not a fellow to choose his fights. And he will take on anyone ONE Championship puts in his way.

“Para sa akin, kung sino man ang ibigay ng ONE Championship, I’ll be ready.”

And this includes a strawweight who owns the longest active winning streak in ONE’s strawweight division – Rene Catalan, who is in the midst of a six-bout winning run.

“Kahit yung paramihan ng winning streak.”

FILE-PHOTO-Rene-Catalan Pacio open to defend crown against all comers -- including 'yung paramihan ng win streak' Mixed Martial Arts News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

#ReadMore  How Chatri Sityodtong inspired the world through martial arts
Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

News

The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition returned with another thrilling episode last Monday.  This week, Karate World Champion “Super” Sage Northcutt joined Task Captain Dom...

Mixed Martial Arts

Hopes were high for former BRAVE CF World Bantamweight Champion Stephen Loman heading into his ONE Championship debut. Rated highly by ONE Championship, Loman...

Mixed Martial Arts

Eduard Folayang will get to settle some unfinished business on ONE on TNT IV. Folayang (22-10) and fellow legend Shinya Aoki (46-9) will write...

Mixed Martial Arts

Team Lakay is very familiar with ONE Atomweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who will headline “ONE on TNT...

Mixed Martial Arts

Joshua Pacio didn’t deny that he wants to see himself in ONE on TNT events in the future, just like some of his Team...

Mixed Martial Arts

Two of Team Lakay’s stalwarts have been forced out of ONE on TNT, while another one is under strict observation. ONE Chief Executive Officer...

News

Lara Pearl Alvarez’ journey in The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition has come to an end, with the 24-year-old accountant being the third candidate to...

Mixed Martial Arts

Jenelyn Olsim is fully aware that expectations around her have shot up drastically following her rousing ONE Championship debut a few weeks ago. The...

Advertisement