• PH’s Pacio to challenge Japanese champ in Myanmar

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    Undefeated Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Joshua Pacio is keen to take the strawweight title from defending champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito in ONE: State of Warriors today at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

    The 20-year old Baguio City native Pacio boasts of an eight-fight winning streak, three of them via knockout while the other five were through submission.

    “Not all fighters have the privilege at this young age. Having the title shot is a very big privilege and opportunity for me,” said the 20-year-old Pacio.

    Pacio will take on the unbeaten Japanese fighter in a five-round bout.

    “I will do whatever it takes. If it’s five rounds, I will give it my best and make sure that I will not make a mistake. I am sure that October 7 is the night I will get the belt and bring it home to the Philippines. This is MMA. It is five rounds, and in those five rounds, anything can happen,” said Pacio.

    Naito, 32, has an unblemished 11-0 win-loss card in his four years MMA career. The elite Japanese grappler trains at the Paraestra Chiba camp.

    “Yoshitaka Naito is very good in grappling. He also has striking skills. I think he’s a well-rounded fighter. As always, I am training hard and working hard. The goal is to get that gold strap. I will get it,” Pacio said.

    JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

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