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|Born||Joshua Felix Pacio|
January 10, 1996
La Trinidad, Benguet
|Residence||Baguio City, Benguet|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)|
|Fighting out of||Baguio City, Philipppines|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of the Cordilleras|
Joshua Pacio (born on January 10, 1996), nicknamed "The Passion" is a Filipino martial artist from the mountains of Baguio City. He is the current ONE Strawweight World Champion. He made his mixed martial arts debut back in 2013 before taking the ONE Championship world by storm in 2016 where he would become a World Champion at such a young age.
Early life and education[edit | edit source]
Joshua Pacio grew up in La Trinidad, Benguet and he had to learn to be independent at such an early age after his father worked overseas to provide for his family. Pacio got exposed to martial arts at the early age of 11, where he started working on his kickboxing, before transitioning to Wushu at age 13.
Pacio took up Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City where he joined the Wushu team, a sport that is very popular in the highlands. This is where he caught the eye of Team Lakay's Mark Sangiao who developed his wushu further and opened the doors for him in mixed martial arts.
Early mixed martial arts career[edit | edit source]
Pacio made his debut at Team Lakay Championship 8, where he came away with a first round TKO over Denver Songaben. This would be a start off red-hot six-match winning streak which eventually led to him being signed by ONE Championship.
After beating Kritsada Kongsrichai, Pacio earned his first shot at a World Title against Yoshitaka Naito at ONE: State of Warriors on October 17, 2016 in Yangon.
Pacio came close to being a World Champion at age 20, as he punished Naito with his patented Wushu strikes on the feet, but a mishap in the third round cost him the entire match as he got submitted by the savvy Japanese via rear naked choke.
First World Title reign[edit | edit source]
After his loss to Naito, Pacio would wreak havoc in the division - winning five of his next six bouts to book another date with Naito this time at ONE: Conquest of Heroes on September 23, 2018 in Jakarta Indonesia.
Pacio looked more confident in the rematch as he stuffed Naito's takedowns for much of the first two rounds while punishing him on the striking department with lightning quick kicks and combinations from different angles. The Japanese did finish strong as he scored takedowns on his younger opponent, but Pacio stayed busy even on his back - earning all of the judges' nod to get a unanimous decision victory.
Losing the belt, Second reign[edit | edit source]
Pacio's reign, however, would not last long as he dropped his belt four months later to Yosuke Saruta at ONE: Eternal Glory, in a controversial split-decision.
The Japanese pushed the action while Pacio opted to pick his spots and counter in one of his more tactical bouts yet. In the end, two of the judges favored Saruta's aggression - crowning him the new ONE Strawweight World Champion.
With a close finish, Pacio was given an outright rematch at ONE: Roots of Honor in Manila on April 12.  Pacio did not disappoint as he scored a sensational fourth round knockout win with a well-timed knee to regain his lost title.
Pacio is set to defend his belt for the first time in his second reign as he takes on compatriot Rene Catalan in ONE: Masters of Fate in Manila on November 8.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Joshua Pacio Profile". Sherdog. Retrieved November 8, 2020. Check date values in:
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