Three Filipino warriors, three stories to unfold at ONE: Kings and Conquerors in Macau

Santino Honasan on Aug 05, 2017 09:50 AM
Three Filipino warriors set their sights on victory in Macau
Another impressive win in Macau could mean another title shot for Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio. (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

When the ONE Championship cage returns to the CotaiArena in Macau on Saturday, three Filipino warriors will take center stage, each with a different story behind them, but all looking for the same result: victory.

For Team Lakay rising star Joshua ‘The Passion’ Pacio, potentially another shot at world championship gold hangs in the balance, as he hopes to repeat history when he takes on unbeaten Japanese newcomer Hayato Suzuki in a strawweight contest.

The last time that Pacio left the CotaiArena with a win, almost exactly a year ago, he earned himself a shot at reigning ONE strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito. While the 21-year old ultimately came up short in his first attempt at gold, he has since proven that he belongs among the division’s elite, and now finds himself in a similar possibly a win away from another crack at the title.

Standing in his way however, will be a tough test in Suzuki, who comes in with a perfect 16-0 slate, and will be looking to establish himself as a force in the strawweight division.

Redemption is the theme for Filipino MMA legend Eric ‘The Natural’ Kelly, who makes his in-cage return after a year on the shelf.

He hopes to snap a two-fight losing skid when he takes on former ONE lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku in a featherweight contest.

At 35 years old, Kelly could be nearing the twilight of his career, but the Pinoy is out to prove that he still has what it takes to compete at a high level.

Welcoming Kelly back to the cage will be none other than former ONE lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku. The 38-year old Japanese brawler will be looking for his second straight win as he tries to find his way back to the ONE title picture.

After winning her professional debut back in 2016, Jomary Torres will be making her ONE Championship debut against one of Asia's fastest rising stars in Thailand's Rika Ishige.

Torres makes the jump to the global stage as she tries to derail the momentum of Ishige, who has been impressive in her first two outings.

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Headlining the stacked Macau card will be a pair of world championship bouts, as long-time ONE bantamweight titleholder Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes of Brazil goes for a record sixth title defense against American Andrew Leone, while lineal champion Kairat "The Kazakh" Akhmetov of Kazakhstan takes on interim champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes of Brazil to unify the ONE flyweight world championship. 

 

ONE Championship: Kings and Conquerors Full Fight Card

Bantamweight Championship: Bibiano Fernandes vs. Andrew Leone 

Flyweight Championship: Kairat Akhmetov vs. Adriano Moraes

Lightweight: Timofey Nastyukhin vs. Koji Ando

78.5 KG Catchweight: Shannon Wiratchai vs. Rajinder Singh Meena

Strawweight: Josha Pacio vs. Hayato Suzuki

Featherweight: Eric Kelly vs. Kotetsu Boku

Bantamweight: Chen Lei vs. Saiful Merican

Atomweight: Rika Ishige vs. Jomary Torres

Bantamweight: Toni Tauru vs. Leandro Issa

Featherweight: Herbert Burns vs. Magomed Idrisov

Middleweight: Marcin Prachnio vs. Gilberto Galvao

Middleweight: Leandro Ataides vs. Michal Pasternak

 

Catch ONE Championship: Kings and Conquerors on Saturday, August 5th LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! 

 

 

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