Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio: Philippines is world-class in martial arts

Joshua Pacio (© ONE Championship)
Joshua Pacio (© ONE Championship)

The Philippines currently has six reigning world champions in mixed martial arts. Among them, the youngest one is ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, who is currently studying at the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City.

“Thank you everyone for all the support and prayers,” Pacio said during the Team Lakay champions parade on December 2, 2018 in Baguio City. “It’s a happy time in Baguio City where we can celebrate all our victories as one. This isn’t just our triumphs but also the triumph of the entire Cordilleras.”

Including Pacio, five of the Filipino reigning MMA world champions represent Team Lakay and they were all present during the parade. The other four are ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 31, ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, and Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23.

“This year, we proved that the Philippines is world-class in martial arts,” Pacio declared. “Next year, we plan to do the same again.”

The sixth Filipino reigning MMA world champion not from Team Lakay is also a ONE Championship athlete. He is ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, who founded the Alliance MMA Gym in 2007.

“We pour in all the hard work, to improve and to keep getting better,” Pacio said. “We train during holidays, weekends and sacrifice so much to bring glory to our country and to our city but we could never have any success without your love and support.”

Pacio is the fifth ONE Championship athlete to hold the ONE Strawweight World Championship title. He has been holding the belt since September 22, 2018 when he dethroned former champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 34, of Japan.

Naito held the title twice, first in 2016 and in 2018. The other two former champions in the strawweight division of ONE Championship are Dejdamrong “Kru Rong” Sor Amnuaysirichoke, 40, of Thailand and Alex “Little Rock” Silva, 36, of Brazil.

Meanwhile, here is a recent interview with Pacio:

Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio to Baguio City people: We were made because of you

Geje Eustaquio (© ONE Championship)
Geje Eustaquio (© ONE Championship)

Team Lakay believes that champions are born not made. One of the five reigning world champions representing the mixed martial arts gym based in Baguio City, Philippines is ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29.

“We always say at Team Lakay that champions are not born, they are made but we were made because of the people of Baguio City,” Eustaquio said during the Team Lakay champions parade on December 2, 2018 in Baguio City. “We never claim victory as our own. This has always been the fruit of teamwork, the people behind the scenes: our family, our fans and supporters, sponsors and Filipinos all over the world.”

The parade honored Eustaquio and his fellow champions ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 31, ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, and Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23. They were with their teammates Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, and Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 34, and their head coach Mark Sangiao.

“We feed off your positive energy and it serves as inspiration for us,” Eustaquio said. “We would never be able to achieve all that we have without your support. There are more victories to come, and together, we can reach all of our goals.”

Eustaquio has been competing professionally since 2011. He joined ONE Championship in 2013.

On January 26, 2018, Eustaquio became the ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion by defeating Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhtemov, 31, of Almaty, Kazakhstan. On June 23, 2018, the Team Lakay fighter became the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion by dethroning Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, of Brazil.

ONE Championship has yet to announce Eustaquio’s first challenger as the reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion. The flyweight division of the Singapore-based martial arts organization recently added former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of Washington, United States in the roster.

Here is what Eustaquio has to say about Johnson:

Manny Pacquiao hopes for Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury rematch

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury 
Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury

Boxing experts have mixed reactions to the result of the recent bout between reigning World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 33, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States and Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury, 30, of Manchester, England, United Kingdom. Among those who shared his opinion on the bout was Filipino boxing legend Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 38, of General Santos City, Philippines.

Fury challenged Wilder at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States on December 1, 2018. Both fighter had their undefeated professional boxing record intact after the 12-round bout.

The decision of judges Alejandro Rochin, Robert Tapper and Phil Edwards was not unanimous. Edwards scored it 113-113 but Rochin and Tapper’s score cards recorded 115-111 in favor of Wilder and 110-114 in favor of Fury, respectively.

With a split draw decision, Wilder is still the reigning WBC Heavyweight Champion. He now holds a professional boxing record of 40 wins, 0 loss and 1 draw while Fury now has 27 wins, 0 loss and 1 draw.

Currently, Pacquiao holds a professional boxing record of 60 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws. He has been competing professionally since 1995.

The two most recent boxers who defeated Pacquiao in the ring were Floyd Mayweather Jr., 41, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA and Jeff “The Hornet” Horn, 30, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. On May 2, 2015, the Filipino boxer lost his World Boxing Welterweight Championship title to Mayweather, who also earned the WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles.

On July 2, 2017, Pacquiao lost to Horn via unanimous decision. On January 19, 2019, the former is returning to the ring to defend his World Boxing Association (Regular) Welterweight Championship title from Adrien “The Problem” Broner, 29, of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada, USA.

The Filipino boxing legend won the WBA (Super) Welterweight Championship title on July 15, 2018. He dethroned Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse, 36, of Trelew, Chubut, Argentina at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Pacquiao and Broner:

Australia vs USA: Suman Mokhtarian, Sodiq Yusuff fight at ‘UFC Fight Night 142’ in Adelaide

Suman Mokhtarian, Sodiq Yusuff
Suman Mokhtarian, Sodiq Yusuff

Australia and the United States were two of the seven countries represented at “UFC Fight Night 142.” The Ultimate Fighting Championship held the mixed martial arts event at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on December 2, 2018.

“UFC Fight Night 142” featured 12 MMA bouts. In the eighth bout of the evening, Suman Mokhtarian of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia faced Sodiq “Super” Yusuff of Camp Springs, Maryland, United States.

Blue Corner

Born in Nigeria on May 19, 1993, Yusuff was 9 years old when he moved to the U.S., particularly in Bladensburg, Maryland. He has been competing professionally since 2016.

Yusuff is representing Team Lloyd Irvin. The Nigerian-American fighter was coming out of a unanimous decision victory of Mike “Beast Boy” Davis, 26, of Florida, USA in Dana White’s Contender Series on July 24, 2018.

Red Corner

Born in Sydney on June 13, 1992, Mokhtarian is the brother of UFC fighter Ashkan “The Assassin” Mokhtarian, 33. Their parents relocated from Iran to Australia during the Iran-Iraq War in 1985.

Suman is representing Australian Top Team. The Iranian-Australian fighter entered the octagon as an undefeated fighter at “UFC Fight Night 142,” which marked his UFC debut.

Fight Result

Suman and Yusuff competed in the featherweight division at “UFC Fight Night 142.” The referee put a stop to the contest after 4 minutes and 51 minutes in the third round when the Nigerian-American fighter knocked out his Iranian-Australian opponent via punches.

By winning at “UFC Fight Night 142,” Yusuff improved his professional MMA record to 8 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, this is the first loss of Suman, who now has 8 wins and 1 loss.

“UFC Fight Night 142” Main Event

In the main event, Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, 34, of Cacador, Santa Catarina, Brazil will face Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa, 25, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in the heavyweight division.

[Result to be added here]

Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, Poland and Russia were also represented at “UFC Fight Night 142.” Check all the fight results on Conan Daily.