ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio loses close decision, drops title in Jakarta

Santino Honasan on Jan 20, 2019 12:51 AM
Joshua Pacio loses close decision, drops title in Jakarta
Joshua Pacio drops the ONE Strawweight World Championship to Japan's Yosuke Saruta at ONE: Eternal Glory in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

Filipino mixed martial arts star Joshua "The Passion" Pacio was unsuccessful in his first world title defense, losing via split decision and dropping the ONE Strawweight World Championship to Japan's Yosuke Saruta in the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory, Saturday evening at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Saruta was a man on a mission as he relentlessly shot in for takedowns, and it paid dividends as the former Shooto champion repeatedly put Pacio on his back. 

Pacio found his timing in the later rounds, landing the more effective strikes and utilizing counters to score points. 

The Japanese grappler continued to control the cage however, as he continued to drill Pacio with double-leg takedown attempts. 

After five rounds of action, it was Saruta who earned the split decision nod. 

Pacio absorbs just his third loss, while Saruta becomes a champion in just his second fight under the ONE banner. 

Official results for ONE: ETERNAL GLORY
ONE Strawweight World Championship bout: Yosuke Saruta defeats Joshua Pacio by Split Decision (SD) after 5 rounds
ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight bout: Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy defeats Alexi Serepisos by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Featherweight bout: Christian Lee defeats Edward Kelly by TKO (Strikes) at 2:53 minutes of round 1
Women’s Atomweight bout: Puja Tomar defeats Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight bout: Jonathan Haggerty defeats Joseph Lasiri by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Strawweight bout: Robin Catalan defeats Stefer Rahardian by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Featherweight bout: Bruno Pucci defeats Kotetsu Boku by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:32 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Kwon Won Il defeats Anthony Engelen by TKO (Strikes) at 1:07 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Koji Ando defeats Rasul Yakhyaev by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Catch Weight bout (68.0KG): Niu Kang Kang defeats Sunoto by Knockout (KO) at 0:31 minutes of round 1
Strawweight bout: Aziz Calim defeats Adi Paryanto by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:40 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Oscar Yaqut defeats Andreas Satyawan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:36 minutes of round 2

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