ONE cham­pi­onship to fea­ture two un­beaten strawweight fight­ers in ti­tle bout

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

THOUGH lo­cal fans will un­doubt­edly be fo­cused on home­town hero Aung La Nsang, the head­line fight at the up­com­ing ONE Cham­pi­onship fight card on Oc­to­ber 7 car­ries a rare pedi­gree sure to at­tract at­ten­tion of its own.

The main event fea­tures two un­de­feated fight­ers, pit­ting reign­ing ONE Strawweight World Cham­pion Yoshi­taka “No­bita” Naito (11-0-0) of Chiba, Ja­pan, against chal­lenger Joshua Pa­cio (8-0-0) of Baguio City, Philip­pines, in a bat­tle for the strawweight ti­tle.

The 32-year old Naito cap­tured the belt with a sub­mis­sion vic­tory over for­mer cham­pion De­j­dam­rong Sor Am­nu­aysiri­choke in May. Am­nu­aysiri­choke, a muay thai spe­cial­ist, de­liv­ered a slew of vi­cious strikes through­out the first three rounds, but the Ja­panese chal­lenger bat­tled past his blows to take him to ground. There, he man­aged to de­ploy a rear naked choke to­ward the end of the fourth round in a sched­uled fiver­ound ti­tle fight.

It was Naito’s first and only ap­pear­ance in­side a ONE Cham­pi­onship cage, and he’ll face an­other tough test as roles re­verse and a new chal­lenger ap­pears to de­throne the champ. Pa­cio has won two straight in the ONE cages, and as the youngest mem­ber of Baguio City’s renowned Team Lakay MMA, the 20-year-old is ex­pected to give Naito all he can han­dle.

Af­ter turn­ing pro­fes­sional in 2013, Pa­cio went on a six-fight win streak to start his ca­reer in var­i­ous MMA pro­mo­tions. He caught the at­ten­tion of ONE Cham­pi­onship with his ag­gres­sive style, mak­ing his pro­mo­tional de­but in April.

The Filipino says he got into MMA due to heavy in­flu­ence from his fam­ily, which in­cludes a for­mer kick­boxer. The fam­ily mem­ber in­tro­duced him to muay thai, and soon af­ter, Pa­cio had joined Team Lakay and be­gun study­ing wushu and MMA.

Naito has 12 years over Pa­cio, which makes the matchup a highly an­tic­i­pated show­down be­tween vet­eran and prospect, and one that is com­pelling none­the­less. The key may be whether Pa­cio can use his strength in the Chi­nese dis­ci­plines of wushu to over­come Naito’s strength on the ground. Though five of his eight vic­to­ries have come via sub­mis­sion, he’s re­lied on con­sis­tently ac­cu­rate strik­ing to weaken his op­po­nents in the past. – Staff

Joshua Pa­cio of Baguio City, Philip­pines, will take his un­de­feated record to Yan­gon on Oc­to­ber 7 to vie for the strawweight ti­tle.

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Strawweight cham­pion Yoshi­taka “No­bita” Naito de­liv­ers a rear naked choke­hold to win the ti­tle ear­lier this year. He hopes to de­fend that ti­tle against Pa­cio.

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