Joshua ‘The Passion’ Pacio did not disappoint his countrymen as he reclaimed the ONE Strawweight title against Japanese foe Yosuke ‘The Ninja’ Saruta in front of a sold out Mall of Asia Arena crowd on Friday night at ONE: Roots of Honor.
Pacio proved that he is the king of rematch in a convincing way when he knocked out Saruta via a fourth round knee to the head which ended their second meeting, and reclaimed the glory for the revered Filipino stable of Team Lakay.
The newly crowned two-time champion looked very sharp in the match, scoring through various strikes and matching his opponent blow-by-blow. Although he absorbed an early big right hand from the Saruta in the latter part of the opening round which rocked him, Pacio remained focus to get his head back to the match and eventually found himself in the winning end.
His two other countrymen also earned their victories in the card as fellow Team Lakay fighter Edward Kelly scored a second round TKO win over South Korea’s Sung Jong Lee in their Featherweight mixed martial arts meeting.
Ramon Gonzales joined the local party by submitting Japanese enemy Akihiro Fujisawa in an impressive Guillotine Choke submission in the very first round of a Flyweight Mixed Martial Arts encounter.
Unfortunately, Kelly’s brother, Eric Kelly was on the other side of the fence as he tasted a defeat at the hands of South Korea’s Kwon Won Il with a 19-second knockout in the first round of their Featherweight mixed martial arts match.
• Bi Nguyen (Vietnam) defeated Dwi Ani Retno Wulan (Indonesia) via First Round TKO in their Women’s Atomweight Mixed Martial Arts match
• Lerdsila Phuket Top Team (Thailand) defeated Kohei Kodera (Japan) via Unanimous Decision in their Flyweight ONE Super Series Muay Thai match
• Niko Soe (Singapore) defeated Eko Roni Saputra (Indonesia) via First Round TKO in their Flyweight Mixed Martial Arts match
• Xie Bin (China) defeated Ahmad Qais Jasoor (Afghanistan) via Second Round D’Arce Choke submission in their Bantamweight Mixed Martial Arts match
• Saemapatch Fairtex (Thailand) defeated Ognjen Topic (USA) via Majority Decision in their Bantamweight ONE Super Series Muay Thai match
• Anderson Silva (Brazil) defeated Andre Meunier (Australia) via First Round KO in their Heavyweight ONE Super Series Kickboxing match
• James Nakashima (USA) defeated Luis Santos (Brazil) via Second Round TKO in their Welterweight Mixed Martial Arts match
• Andrei Stoica (Romania) defeated Ibrahim El Bouni (Morocco) via Unanimous Decision in their Light Heavyweight ONE Super Series Kickboxing match
• Leandro Issa (Brazil) defeated Fu Chang Xin (China) via First Round Armbar Submission in their 68-kilogram Catch Weight Mixed Martial Arts match
• Tatsumitsu Wada (Japan) defeated Gustavo Balart (Cuba) via Unanimous Decision in their Flyweight World Prix Quarter-Final match
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