ONE Championship: Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio gets world title rematch

Santino Honasan on Aug 16, 2018 10:40 AM
Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio gets world title rematch
Joshua Pacio will be getting another shot at the ONE Strawweight World Championship

Roughly two years after his first opportunity at a ONE World Championship, Team Lakay strawweight star Joshua 'The Passion' Pacio will be getting another world title shot. 

As revealed on the official ONE Championship website, Pacio is once again set to challenge reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka 'Nobita' Naito of Japan for the title in the main event of ONE: Conquest of Kings set for Saturday, Septemebr 22nd at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

After just two impressive outings on the ONE Championship stage, Pacio, then just 20 years old, was given the opportunity to challenge Naito for the world title in Yangon. 

And while many believed that Pacio was thrust into the spot too early, the Baguio City native proved that he could hang with the best of the division, as he effectively controlled the bout for the first two rounds with his superior striking and takedown defense. 

One costly mistake in the fourth round however, doomed Pacio, and the more-experienced Naito pounced on Pacio's missstep, leading to a third-round submission win. 

Since then, Pacio won four of his last five bouts, including a decision win over former champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuay Sirichoke. 

Pacio is currently riding a three-fight winning streak, all of which coming via stoppage. 

Naito, meanwhile, has been significantly less active than the Filipino star. 

After defending his title against Pacio back in 2016, Naito returned to action in December of 2017, only to drop his title to Brazilian grappler Alex 'Little Rock' Silva in Bangkok. 

Just last May, Naito avenged his loss to Silva by defeating the Brazilian via split decision and regaining his world title. 

Should Pacio manage to avenge his previous loss to Naito, he becomes Team Lakay's third current world champion, joining stablemates ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio and ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon. 

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