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Team Lakay Realizes Third Reigning Champ At 'ONE: Conquest Of Heroes'

Joshua Pacio claims the ONE Strawweight World Championship, while Danny Kingad wins his third straight
by John Paulo Aguilera | Sep 24, 2018
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It was a good haul for the Philippines during ONE: Conquest Of Heroes held on September 22 at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Three of the scheduled 12 fights featured Filipinos, including the main event that doubled as a title rematch. At the end of the day, the country’s femme fatale may have had her unbeaten streak broken, but the up-and-coming duo from Team Lakay had her back.

Joshua Pacio over Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision

Revenge was indeed sweet for Joshua Pacio, who defeated his 2016 tormentor Yoshitaka Naito and took home the ONE Strawweight World Championship belt.

The third current titleholder from Team Lakay (after ONE flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio and bantamweight champ Kevin Belingon) came out with guns blazing, forcing Naito to uncomfortable spots with his much-improved grappling offense and defense. Rounds 2 and 3 saw Pacio sustaining the pressure on the Japanese, who slipped in several hits. The next stage started out as a beautiful display of striking prowess from both warriors before it became a ground battle the rest of the way. There were a couple of times when his rival looked like he was about to turn things around, but “The Passion” never yielded and soldiered on.

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“I’m speechless, but I want to thank the Lord, and ONE Championship for the privilege and this unexplainable feeling,” Pacio said post-fight. “Last week, typhoons struck Baguio City, Benguet, and the Cordilleras. A lot of places were hit hard. Many people died and some are still missing. This is for all of them. I know that the Cordilleras will come back and rise again soon as one.

Danny Kingad over Yuya Wakamatsu via unanimous decision

Danny Kingad (28-1) gave the country its first win of the night, beating Yuya Wakamatsu in the flyweight division.

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The Japanese knockout artist actually had Kingad on his knees with a lucky punch in the first round, but the latter was able to bounce back with a couple of takedowns and almost end the fight with a rear-naked choke. The two then traded blows in the next nine minutes and 30 seconds, with “The King” absorbing most of them and Wakamatsu seemingly having the slight upper hand, until Kingad took his opponent down for the last time in the waning moments.

Priscilla Gaol over Jomary Torres via unanimous decision

The deafening home crowd may have had an effect on Jomary Torres’ game, as she suffered the first loss of her professional career (4-1) at the hands of Indonesian Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol.

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Gaol, a SEA Games wushu bronze medalist, was visibly in control from start to finish, turning the lone female bout in the card into a masterful showcase of her takedown defense. Torres (Catalan Fighting System) was also noticeably not her usual “Zamboanginian Fighter” self, which didn’t help her cause to rise through the atomweight ranks.

Here are the rest of the results:

Egi Rozten (technical knockout) vs Riski Umar
Adrian Mattheis (technical knockout) vs Angelo Bimoadji
Sunoto (rear-naked choke) vs Victorio Senduk
Fabrice Fairtex Delanon (split decision) vs Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnon
Kairat Akhmetov (unanimous decision) vs Ma Hao Bin
Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (technical knockout) vs Timofey Nastyukhin
Koyomi Matsushima (technical knockout) vs Marat Gafurov
Rodtang Jitmuangnon (unanimous decision) vs Sergio Welzen
Peng Xue Wen (unanimous decision) vs Stefer Rahardian

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