Pacio gets back at Naito to become new One strawweight champ

Pacio gets back at Naito to become new One strawweight champ

Joshua Pacio connected a kick to Yoshitaka Naito's midsection.
By Ivan Saldajeno

LOS BANOS--Joshua Pacio got back at his tormentor Yoshitaka Naito to become the new One strawweight champion in the main event of One: Conquest of Heroes at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta early Sunday (Philippine Time).

In their highly-anticipated rematch, Pacio's striking got the better of Naito's ground game this time as the Baguio native won via unanimous decision.

Naito struggled in finding an opportunity to take Pacio down early on as the latter's improved takedown defense kept the former at bay.

Naito eventually sent the game to the ground in Round 5, but the last-minute ditch came a bit too late as Pacio avenged the first loss of his career at the hands of Naito.

Pacio's victory actually put Team Lakay 2-0 up in the fight card as Danny Kingad defeated newcomer Yuya Wakamatsu earlier in the card.

Kingad's recovered from an ugly start as his ground game proved pivotal against Wakamatsu en route to a unanimous decision win.

Meanwhile, Jomary Torres incurred her first loss in her career after bowing to Prescilla Gaol.

With the raucous Indonesian crowd cheering for her, Gaol stood tall with her stand-up game as she averted Torres' takedown attempts in the middle rounds to score a unanimous decision win.

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