Pacio 's first title defense brings with it pressure in and out of cage
Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, wrote his name in the history books last September when he defeated Yoshitaka Naito to capture the ONE Strawweight World Championship. Pacio will now attempt to do what neither Natio or the man Natio took the belt off of Alex Silva could do, and that is to mount a successful defense of the title he has only recently claimed. “The Passion” is set to have his first defense on 19 January at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY in Jakarta Indonesia against the highly-rated Japanese athlete Yosuke Saruta. Saruta is a relative newcomer to the ONE roster but made an instant impact when he defeated Silva via unanimous decision in December at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS. The 31-year-old former Shooto World Champion is not only a skilled grappler, he also packs lethal right hand, capable of sending his opponents to sleep before they are even aware they have been hit. None of this is news to Pacio, and the 22-year-old is aware of the fact that there will be no room for errors when the cage doors close on 19 January. “I’m coming into this fight, as usual, in the best shape of my life,” Pacio said recently to onefc.com. “The way I fight, my style is very fast-paced with constant movement. To be able to maintain my pace, I have to be in great physical condition. We have worked extensively on my conditioning, and I’m prepared for a five-round war. “Of course, we still have a solid game plan in place, and that’s going to be a huge key to victory. I have the best team behind me and the best coach.
The first ONE Championship main event of 2019 is shaping up to be a possible classic encounter between two determined and highly-focused competitors, and if this is what the year has in store for ONE fans, it will definitely be a memorable one.