ONE: Pinoys reign in prelims as Joshua Pacio, Rene Catalan dominate

Santino Honasan on Jul 27, 2018 08:32 PM
ONE: Pinoys reign in prelims as Pacio, Catalan dominate
Joshua 'The Passion' Pacio submitted Thailand's Pongsiri Misatit via what he calls "The Passion Lock"

Team Lakay strawweight Joshua Pacio steamrolled his way through Thailand’s Pongsiri Misatit en route to a first-round submission win at ONE Championship: Reign of Kings, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Looking to get back into the title picture, the 22-year old Baguio City native wasted no time in dominating Misatit, scoring a well-timed takedown off a leg kick from the Thai.

On the mat, Pacio showcased his rapidly improving ground game, easily moving into full mount.

Pacio rained down some violence on Misatit from the top, dropping a barrage of elbows and punches, before taking the erstwhile-unbeaten Thai’s back.

From there, Pacio grabbed hold of Misatit’s left arm and torqued it back in what appeared to be a modified keylock, forcing Misatit to tap out.

The stoppage came in at the 3:30 mark of the first round.

When asked about the unique submission hold, Pacio explained how he came up with what he calls the “Passion Lock”

"I tried it out once in the gym while rolling. I thought it was best to showcase it at ONE Championship."

Pacio, the former ONE Strawweight World Championship challenger, extends his winning streak to three straight and moves one step closer back to title contention.

Pacio improves to 15-2 in his professional career, while handing Misatit his first career loss.

In an earlier strawweight contest, Pinoy veteran Rene ‘The Challenger’ Catalan extended his winning streak to five straight as he defeated Indonesian Stefer Rahardian via Unanimous Decision.

The Catalan Fighting Systems star dominated Rahardian in the striking department, while managing to hold his own in the grappling en route to a clear-cut win on the judges’ scorecards.

The Iloilo-born Catalan improves to 5-2 in his professional career.

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