Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from ONEFC.com

Mixed Martial Arts

Pacio says trilogy with Saruta made him a better fighter, person


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

And on Friday night, during ONE: Revolution, the ONE Strawweight World Champion put a decisive end to that chapter of his career. He finished Saruta in the very first round of their decider.

Ending the rivalry in an emphatic fashion was particularly important for the 25-year-old Baguio-native.

ONE-Revolution-Joshua-Pacio-straight-to-Yosuke-Saruta Pacio says trilogy with Saruta made him a better fighter, person Mixed Martial Arts News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

Photo from ONEFC.com

“For us, it was so satisfying to put on a decisive win last night,” said Pacio, who connected on a solid left followed by at least three unanswered shots to stop his Japanese foil.

“It is a trilogy match and we want it to punctuate that it all ends here.”

Besides proving that he is the better fighter, picking up the third fight was important for Pacio’s growth.

Back in January 19, 2019, Pacio suffered a shock split decision loss to Saruta during Eternal Glory in his very first title defense. Saruta was a replacement fighter after Hayato Suzuki succumbed to an injury.

ONE-Eternal-Glory-Yosuke-Saruta-def-joshua-pacio Pacio says trilogy with Saruta made him a better fighter, person Mixed Martial Arts News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

Three months later, he was able to regain the belt via a fourth round technical knockout win.

one-eternal-glory-joshua-pacio-def-yosuke-saruta Pacio says trilogy with Saruta made him a better fighter, person Mixed Martial Arts News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

Despite wins against Rene Catalan and Alex Silva, Pacio disclosed that it didn’t feel as fulfilling as he hoped it would.

ONE-Fire-and-Fury-Joshua-Pacio-def-Alex-Silva-ground Pacio says trilogy with Saruta made him a better fighter, person Mixed Martial Arts News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

Bawat laban ko nuon, kahit manalo ako parang nakukulangan ako sa performance ko. Parang may hindi ako naipakita, ‘yun ang feeling ko,” he recalled.

Only one thing would have made Pacio feel complete – another match with Saruta.

“I’ve learned a lot in that span, not just in my skills but also in my confidence,” he shared as Pacio has become more comfortable on the ground during the last two years.

“‘Yan po ang pinakamalaking nag-improve sa akin – my confidence to execute the skills that we’ve been working on.”

Finally conquering Pacio really meant a lot more for him.

#ReadMore  Strong finishing kick pushes UAAP Media to 2nd straight win

Retaining the strap was one thing. Growing by leaps and bounds in those three bouts was something he will cherish for the rest of his career.

ONE-Empower-Joshua-Pacio Pacio says trilogy with Saruta made him a better fighter, person Mixed Martial Arts News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

“Fighting Saruta three times, that developed my self-confidence and, of course my spiritual life, my relationship with God.”

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

ONE: Revolution saw two Team Lakay stalwarts who compete in the same division take impressive wins. In the last match of the lead card,...

Advertisement