Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from

Mixed Martial Arts

Pacio says Saruta trilogy bout will be one of his defining moments

Young Joshua Pacio has seen a lot of trilogy fights. And he knows that it defines careers.

On Friday during ONE: Revolution, the reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion will get to make his mark when he takes on arch-rival Yosuke Saruta.

And for the Team Lakay standout, he believes that he needs to conquer Saruta to close out a chapter in his career.

“For me, this will be one of the greatest fights in my career,” said Pacio during ONE Revolution’s face-off press conference on Thursday. “Saruta has been one of my motivations to level up every day. We are here not to just look for a finish but to dominate.

“It’s going to be fire versus fire.”

Saruta, on the other hand, views this bout as his star-making moment.

It’s because if he beats Pacio and take the rubber match, it would lead him to a bout against Demetrious Johnson.

ONE-Revolution-press-conference-Yosuke-Saruta Pacio says Saruta trilogy bout will be one of his defining moments Mixed Martial Arts News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

Photo from

“The second match, I could not show my entirety that resulted in me losing the fight. But this time, I’d like to knock him out like a deep ocean,” he vowed.

“If I win this fight, I would like to fight Demetrious Johnson.”

Unlike their first and second encounter back in 2019, Pacio will not be a huge favorite entering the bout.

Pacio last stepped into the ONE Circle back on January 31, 2020.

During the last 579 days, Pacio has not just had to survive the ongoing pandemic in the Philippines, but also had a bout with COVID-19 as well.

For him, it only made him stronger.

#ReadMore  Tim Cone regrets post-game spat with Norman Black

“It’s been one year and eight months. It’s been very hard because of the pandemic. Early this year, I got COVID-19,” he bared. “It’s been really hard, but we are not just fighters in the Circle but in real life as well. We were able to overcome COVID and here we are.

“We are 100-percent ready both physically and mentally – we are on!”

Inspired is Pacio to put on a show on Friday as he is the only remaining mixed martial arts world champion in the country.

That is why Pacio wants to put on a classic on Friday. It will pave the way for the next generation of Filipino mixed martial artists to gun for their dreams.

ONE-Revolution-press-conference-Joshua-Pacio Pacio says Saruta trilogy bout will be one of his defining moments Mixed Martial Arts News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

Photo from

“We’ve been doing martial arts half of my life. Pressure is already my friend and a part of my journey. There’s no added pressure,” he said.

“Though I’m the long champion in the Philippines, but I’m confident that my teammates will be champions in the near future.”

Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

Mixed Martial Arts

It’s a rare sight to see Team Lakay fighters seethe and seemingly lose their cool. But brash new ONE signee Jarred “The Monkey God”...

Mixed Martial Arts

Jenelyn Olsim hardly looked like someone who had a tough time adjusting to her new weight class after moving from the women’s strawweight to...

Mixed Martial Arts

Lito Adiwang got his wish. The Team Lakay standout has been booked to face top-ranked strawweight in the world Jarred Brooks on ONE: Next...

Mixed Martial Arts

Now that Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang has taken care of business after dispatching “Wolf Of The Grasslands” Hexigetu at ONE: Revolution, he’s back to...

Mixed Martial Arts

It has been a grand year for Team Lakay so far in ONE Championship, especially after they scored two big wins at ONE: REVOLUTION...

Mixed Martial Arts

Reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio proved that Team Lakay’s ‘trilogy curse’ was nothing but a myth. Facing old foe Yosuke Saruta on...

Mixed Martial Arts

Before he stepped into the ONE Circle last Friday during Revolution, ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio watched intently at the back as Lito...

Mixed Martial Arts

For the past 32 months, Joshua Pacio has figured in five bouts – with three against Yosuke Saruta, who has become his rival. And...