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Three Team Lakay young guns who could steal headlines this year


It has been a grand year for Team Lakay so far in ONE Championship, especially after they scored two big wins at ONE: REVOLUTION last Friday, 24 September.

Joshua “The Passion” Pacio retained his ONE Strawweight World Title over longtime rival Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta. Meanwhile, Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang breezed through “Wolf Of The Grasslands” Hexigetu in their three-round bout on the lead card.

The win pushed Team Lakay’s record this year to 7-2. That makes this one of their most successful stints since 2018, when four members of the squad held ONE World Titles.

However, there are still a few months left before the year ends, and fans will be on the lookout for several names to compete. Here are three of them.

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Fans are eagerly anticipating the return of no. 2-ranked Danny “The King” Kingad, especially given the recent development in his weight class.

Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes remains the ONE Flyweight World Champion after beating Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in April, And because it’s been a while since Kingad last challenged the Brazilian, it may be the right time for Kingad to face Moraes.

Since losing to Moraes in 2017, Kingad has won seven of his last eight bouts. His lone loss came to Johnson. If he returns this year, his match will certainly have major ramifications in his World Title bid.

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Loman was supposed to make his ONE debut last April, but a bout with COVID-19 delayed his highly-anticipated entry into The Home Of Martial Arts.

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Still, fans are high on the five-time Mixed Martial Arts Champion, especially since he’s a fresh face in the already competitive and talented bantamweight division ruled by longtime World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes.

If “The Sniper” makes an impressive entry in the next few months, he could be a major player in the division next year.

Jhanlo Sangiao

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Photo from Team Lakay

What better way for Team Lakay to end the year that highlighted their next generation of athletes than by bringing in the son of their famous head coach, Mark Sangiao?

Fans everywhere welcomed the 18-year-old’s signing, from those who’ve been following the young stud’s career in the amateurs; to those who feel intrigued whether the second-generation mixed martial arts fighter can live up to the hype.

There’s still no word as to when the martial arts prodigy will make his debut, but fans are hopeful to see him in the Circle by the end of 2021.

ONE Championship returns to live action with ONE: FIRST STRIKE on 15 October. Download the ONE Super App for more details on the event.


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