ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio looks to finally bring home world title

Santino Honasan on Sep 22, 2018 07:41 AM
ONE: Joshua Pacio looks to finally bring home world title
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Team Lakay young gun Joshua "The Passion" Pacio will try to bring home a world title for the second time in his young career as he meets Yoshitaka "Nobita" Naito in a highly-anticipated rematch for the ONE Strawweight World Championship at ONE: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday, September 22nd at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

The 22-year old Benguet native looks to finally get over the hump as he tries to avenge his loss to the Japanese champion. 

In their first meeting in 2016, Pacio showed that he belonged in the cage with the best strawweights that ONE had to offer, pushing Naito to the limit before comitting a costly mistake in the third round that gave the defending champion the opening he needed to secure the submission victory and retain the crown. 

Since then, Pacio has won four of his last five bouts, including his current three-fight winning streak and a hard-fought decision win against former titleholder and Muay Thai legend Dejdamrong Sor Amuaysirichoke.

Naito on the other hand, lost the title in his second defense against Brazilian Alex Silva, only to win it back just six months later. 

A win for Pacio will make him the third current ONE titleholder from Team Lakay, joining reigning ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon and reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio. 

A win for Naito solidifies his place as the king of ONE Championship's flyweight division. 

Also on the card, Pacio's training partner and flyweight contender Danny "The King" Kingad welcomes Japanese newcomer Yuya "Little Piranha" Wakamatsu to the ONE Championship stage. 

Another rising star from the famed Team Lakay camp in La Trinidad, Benguet, 22-year old Kingad comes into Jakarta with his sights set on a third consecutive win after dispatching Ma Hao Bin and Sotir Kichukov. He looks to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the flyweight ranks. 

Making his promotional debut, the 23-year old Wakamatsu with a 10-2 professional record and a remarkable nine wins coming via KO. The Pancrase veteran will look to make an immediate impact and add Kingad to that list of knockout victims. 

In a must-watch prelminary bout, unbeaten Filipina atomweight star Jomary "The Zamboanganian Fighter" Torres will look to keep her record spotless as she meets hometown bet Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol. 

Torres shocked the world in her ONE debut in 2017, blasting Thai star Rika Ishiga en route to a submission victory. Torres hasn't slowed down since, decisioning Nita Dea and then knocking out Team Lakay bet April Osenio in her most recent outing. 

Eager to bounce back from her most recent setback, Jakarta's own Gaol will try to derail the Jomary Torres train in front of her home country. 




Main Event

ONE Strawweight World Championship

Yoshitaka Naito vs Joshua Pacio

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg


Stefer Rahardian vs Peng Xue Wen

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg


Sergio Wielzen vs Rodtang Jitmuangnon

ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg


Yuya Wakamatsu vs Danny Kingad

Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg


Koyomi Matsushima vs Marat Gafurov

Mixed Martial Arts: 70.3kg


Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs Timofey Nastyukhin

Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg


Kairat Akhmetov vs Ma Hao Bin

Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg


Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol vs Jomary Torres

Mixed Martial Arts: 52.2kg


Fabrice Fairtex Delannon vs Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnon

ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 65.8kg


Victorio Senduk vs Sunoto

Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg


Adrian Mattheis vs Angelo Bimaodji

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg


Riski Umar vs Egi Rozten

Mixed Martial Arts: 59.0kg (Catch Weight)




Catch ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday, September 22nd at 10:30 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!

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