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Saruta replaces Naito as challenger for Pacio's title

Yosuke Saruta will now challenge Joshua Pacio for the One strawweight title.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Joshua Pacio will defend his One strawweight title belt against a Japanese opponent at One: Eternal Glory on Jan. 19 in Jakarta.

However, it's not anymore Yoshitaka Naito.

The supposed blockbuster rematch between Pacio and Naito has been called off, and instead, Pacio will stake his championship against Yosuke Saruta.

Saruta got the call-up for a title shot after Naito suffered an injury during training.

However, while Saruta is relatively new to the promotion--he will only play his second match in One Championship--he is actually a martial arts veteran.

In fact, he shocked the One community right in his debut earlier this month when he defeated former strawweight champ Alex Silva at One: Destiny of Champions, quickly putting him into the world title picture.

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