ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio to defend title against Rene Catalan in Manila; Folayang, Eustaquio return to action
Santino Honasan on Oct 07, 2019 04:37 PM
Joshua Pacio and Rene Catalan set to do battle for the ONE Strawweight World Championship in Manila
A Pinoy versus Pinoy world title affair is set to rock Manila this coming November, as ONE Championship returns to Philippine soil for the final time in 2019 with ONE: Masters of Fate, headlined by Team Lakay’s Joshua “The Passion” Pacio defending his ONE Strawweight World Championship againt compatriot Rene “D’ Challenger” Catalan.
ONE: Masters of Fate is set to take place on Friday, November 8th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Team Lakay’s strawweight star Joshua Pacio is coming off a spectacular knockout win over Japan’s Yosuke Saruta in Manila back in April to reclaim the ONE Strawweight World Championship. The 23-year old Pacio is currently on his second run as the strawweight king and holds wins over the likes of former champions in Yoshitaka Naito and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. He looks to successfully defend his title for the first time against the undeniable top contender in Catalan.
Catalan, on the other hand, is riding an impressive six-fight winning streak with wins over Adrian Matheis, Stefer Rahardian, and most recently, a first-round TKO win over Naito, making him the first man to stop the Japanese submission specialist. The 40-year old former Wushu medalist, who has not looked back since losing his first two professional MMA bouts, will now look to add ONE Championship gold to his already impressive combat sports resume
Pinoy Champions Return
The card will also mark the return of former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang as he meets up-and-coming Mongolian prospect Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhuu in the co-main event.
Team Lakay’s Folayang, the biggest star in Philippine MMA today, is coming off a heartbreaking submission loss to Eddie Alvarez in the semifinals of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix in Manila last August, and is looking to end the year on a high note.
Tsogookhuu made quite the impact in his ONE Championship debut, defeating Thai star Shannon Wiratchai via unanimous decision. He takes a massive step up in competition as he meets the Filipino hero.
Also making his return to action will be former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, as he faces a familiar opponent in Finland’s Toni “Dynamite” Tauru.
Eustaquio is also looking to bounce back from a tough loss after getting knocked out for the first time in his career by the heavy-handed Yuya Wakamatsu of Japan. The former flyweight king begins his road back to redemption by trying to avenge a 2016 loss to Tauru.
That win over Eustaquio, as it turns out, has been the only bright spot in the Finnish flyweight’s last seven outings. Following his win over Eustaquio, Tauru tried his luck at bantamweight only to be defeated by the likes of Kevin Belingon, Leandro Issa, and Gary Mangat. He returns to flyweight with the hopes of repeating history against the former champion.
Here’s how the ONE: Masters of Fate card looks so far:
Joshua Pacio vs. Rene Catalan (ONE Strawweight World Championship)
Eduard Folayang vs. Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu (Lightweight MMA)
Sangmanee Sathian MuayThai vs. Azize Hlali (Bantamweight Muay Thai)
Geje Eustaquio vs. Toni Tauru (Flyweight MMA)
Stamp Fairtex vs. Bi Nguyen (Women’s Atomweight MMA)
Alma Juniku vs. Anne Line Hogstad (Atomweight Muay Thai)
Yoshitaka Naito vs. Pongsiri Mitsatit (Strawweight MMA)
Han Zi Hao vs. Kongsak PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym (Bantamweight Muay Thai)
Jae Wong Kim vs. Emilio Urrutia (Featherweight MMA)
Tukkatatong Petpayathai vs. Hiroaki Suzuki (Bantamweight Muay Thai)
Kim Kyu Sung vs. Akihiro Fujisawa (Flyweight MMA)
Roshan Mainam vs. Khon Sichan (Flyweight MMA)