Filipino mixed martial art (MMA) fighter Joshua Pacio suffered his first defeat at the hands of Japanese Yoshitaka Naito in ONE: State of Warriors Friday evening at the Twuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
Naito retained his strawweight title after scoring a submission win via rear naked choke against Pacio at 1:33 mark of Round 3.
Naito remains unbeaten with 12-0 card while Pacio’s dropped to 8-1.
“Definitely the happiest and the best fight ever. This is definitely my best fight. I just did what I came to do. I showed Myanmar what I can do, all my skills, and I won,” said Naito.
The 20-year old fighter of the famed Team Lakay MMA used his sanshou striking skills to counter Naito’s repeated takedown attempts in Round 1.
Another Filipino fighter Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, meanwhile, bested sambo world champion Muin Gafurov of Tajikistan via unanimous decision in their three-round encounter.
In the co-main event three-round middleweight bout, Hometown hero “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang defeated Michal Pasternak of Poland via unanimous decision.
Featherweight Phoe Thaw extended his winning streak to four after stopping fellow Burmese fighter Saw Yan Paing by way of ground and pound.
In the other bouts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Yusup Saadulaev of Russia stopped Australia’s Jordan Lucas via rear naked choke at the 4:28 mark of Round 1 while Bashir Ahmad of Pakistan wowed the crowd by eliciting quick submission via heel hook lock from Mahmoud Mohamed of Egypt at 1:23 mark of round 1.
The other winners were Saw Ba Oo and Saw Yan Paing who overpowered their respective rivals Kyal Sin Phyo and Ye Yint Aung both via unanimous decision.