September 26, 2022
Filipino MMA fighters Joshua Pacio and Eduard Folayang have a good time contained in the ONE Championship cage.
ONE Championship

The long-awaited grudge match between two of essentially the most extremely touted strawweights on the planet of combined martial arts (MMA) lastly has a date.

The Worldwide Enterprise Instances has obtained an official affirmation from ONE Championship that Filipino phenom Joshua Pacio will put his coveted strawweight title on the road towards American standout and No. 1 contender Jarred Brooks on December 3.

Each males had been initially penciled to face one another on the hotly-anticipated ONE 158 final June 3, however the Singapore-based promotion needed to postpone the bout because of a “scheduling battle.”

The five-round world championship conflict will probably be held in Pacio’s dwelling nation of the Philippines, marking ONE Championship’s return to the island-nation for the primary time in over two years.

The final time that the group hosted a stay occasion on Philippine soil was on January 31, 2020—an 11-fight card entitled “ONE: Fireplace & Fury” the place Pacio efficiently defended his strawweight belt versus former champion Alex Silva by means of break up determination within the headlining contest.

Per ONE Championship, the title tiff is about to happen on the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Area in Pasay Metropolis, Metro Manila with a stay crowd.

Nevertheless, it’s but to be decided if the aforementioned card that includes Pacio and Brooks on the marquee will probably be a part of the “ONE on Prime Video” occasion sequence.


Each Pacio and Brooks may have the chance to settle their variations after months of buying and selling barbs on social media.

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Brooks has been in scorching pursuit of a cage date with Pacio ever since he made his triumphant promotional debut in November 2021 by submitting the latter’s Workforce Lakay stablemate within the type of Lito Adiwang with a second-round arm-triangle choke.

Jarred Brooks
Jarred Brooks celebrates his win over Lito Adiwang final 12 months at ONE Championship.
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On varied events, “The Monkey God” made his greatest effort to play thoughts video games, calling out the champion in interviews, accusing him of ducking a combat, threatening to “bend Pacio over his knee,” and even ridiculing the Filipino’s tv set at dwelling.

“I simply watched his Instagram story congratulating me [on my victory over Bokang Masunyane]. He is a cultured man, however I gotta get that man some more cash [to replace] the TV that he has,” Brooks stated again in April. “I am going to purchase him a brand new TV with the cash I am going to get from beating him.”

It did not take too lengthy for “The Ardour” to reply to Brooks’ verbal jabs.

“I do not want a brand new TV. However when he loses, I am going to cost him for that TV, and I’ll put it in my rest room,” Pacio said.

“[I want] to indicate him who’s the perfect strawweight on the planet and who the actual daddy is. I heard you calling my title many occasions. Do not you are worried, I am going to see you quickly.”

Brooks—who holds knowledgeable document of 19-2, 1 NC and wishes no introduction to diehard MMA followers because of his stints in outfits such because the UFC, Bellator, Pancrase and Rizin Preventing Federation—has been an unstoppable drive in ONE Championship so far, profitable his final three outings in spectacular vogue to safe a shot at Pacio’s intricately-crafted {hardware}.

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The 29-year-old native of Warsaw, Indiana has but to seize a significant title within the sport, making it a must-win state of affairs reverse Pacio.

However, Pacio (20-3) is a two-time ONE strawweight titleholder, getting his first style of gold in September 2018 on the expense of Yoshitaka Naito in a rematch after which having his second reign because the division kingpin by exacting revenge on Yosuke Saruta practically a 12 months later.

Joshua Pacio, Mitch Chilson
Mitch Chilson (R) interviews Joshua Pacio (L) contained in the cage after a title bout at ONE Championship.
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Pacio—who has a complete of 14 matches beneath the ONE Championship banner—is presently using excessive on a four-fight profitable streak with three victorious title defenses, which included a second-round submission of compatriot Rene Catalan in November 2019 and an emphatic knockout of Saruta of their September 2021 trilogy duel.

ONE Championship is predicted to offer extra updates concerning the combat card on December 3 within the coming days.

Nissi Icasiano is a sportswriter, analyst and editor from the Philippines. He began his skilled profession in 2013. He has additionally written for varied media shops resembling, ABS-CBN, Tiebreaker Instances,,, South China Morning Submit, The Phnom Penh Submit and the Worldwide Enterprise Instances. In 2017, he began a profession as a Fight Sports activities Analyst for tv and radio, showing on varied information exhibits for ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, Radyo Singko 92.3 Information FM, PTV 4, Enterprise World, Radyo Pilipinas 2 and Bombo Radyo Philippines. He practices boxing at Tiger Metropolis Boxing Gymnasium each time he’s not writing.


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