All-Filipino world title bout headlines ONE: Masters of Fate in Manila
Santino Honasan on Nov 08, 2019 12:13 PM
For just the second time in ONE history, two Filipinos will collide for a ONE World Championship (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
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Catch ONE: MASTERS OF FATE live on Friday, November 8th LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 on LIVESTREAM via the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and on iWant starting at 8:30 PM. ONE: MASTERS OF FATE will also air on Sunday's Best on November 17th, Sunday, at 11:30 PM with local commentatry from Anton Roxas and Theo Castillo
For just the second time in ONE Championship history, a pair of Filipinos will battle for a ONE World Championship, as reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio puts his title on the line against multiple-time Wushu gold medalist Rene ‘D’ Challenger’ Catalan in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate, Friday, November 8th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Manila, Philippines.
The 23-year old Pacio, a rising star from the famed Team Lakay camp in La Trinidad, Benguet, is a two-time world champion and is looking to get a first successful title defense under his belt. “The Passion” is coming off a scintillating head kick knockout victory over former champion Yosuke Saruta to reclaim the title back in April.
A former Philippine Wushu National Team member, Catalan began his mixed martial arts career late, and suffered back-to-back defeats in his first two outings. The Catalan Fighting System founder has never looked back since then, racking up an impressive six consecutive wins, with his latest conquest being former two-time champion Yoshitaka Naito, being the first man to TKO the Japanese grappler. The 40-year old now looks to capture his first world title in MMA.
Also on the card, a couple of Filipino fan favorites and former world champions make their return to action, as two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang looks to snap a two-match losing skid when he faces Mongolian up-and-comer Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhuu in the lightweight co-main event, and former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio also looks to bounce back when he meets Finland’s Toni “Dynamite” Tauru in a rematch of their 2016 bout.
Plus, Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan hopes to set the tone for his older brother Rene, as he meets Cuban wrestler Gustavo “El Gladiador” Balart in the preliminary card, and reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand continues her journey towards a third world championship as she meets Vietnamese-American striker Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen in a women’s atomweight MMA bout.
Catch ONE: MASTERS OF FATE live on Friday, November 8th LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 on LIVESTREAM via the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and on iWant starting at 8:30 PM.
ONE: MASTERS OF FATE will also air on Sunday's Best on November 17th, Sunday, at 11:30 PM with local commentatry from Anton Roxas and Theo Castillo