Issue of November 4, 2018

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Pacatiw seals Brave 17 win
by Harley F. Palangchao

GRIT -- Team Lakay’s Jeremy Pacatiw once again proved that he is a fighter not to be messed with as he defeated Uloomi Karim in a unanimous decision after three rounds of pure action in Brave CF 17 on Oct. 27. Both fighters displayed heart and grit on the cage, as seen on their bloodied faces after the fight but with Pacatiw getting the judges’ nod, ushering the Igorot to the top ranks of Brave CF’s bantamweight division. -- Contributed photo

Kapangan, Benguet mixed martial arts pride Jeremy Pacatiw secured a unanimous decision victory in a thrilling battle against Uloomi Kareem in the co-main event of Brave 17 in Pakistan on weekend.

Against a roaring hometown crowd, the 22-year-old Pacatiw showed he has a bigger heart to win by unleashing powerful punches that floored Uloomi twice in the first round and dying seconds of third round in their three five-minute bout.

Pacatiw actually almost finished the fight during the first round with a ground and pound after flooring the Pakistani fighter twice but the referee was so patient and did not stop the fight.

Uloomi reversed the tide in the second round by going for an early takedown followed by vicious elbows but Pacatiw, despite a bloodied nose, managed to defend himself and at one point reversed the situation by going for a quick ground and pound.

With both fighters heavily exhausted in the third round, Pacatiw managed to land hard punches, then came the knockdown at the dying seconds of the final round.

All three judges scored in favor of Pacatiw, 29-27, 29-27, and 29-28 for a unanimous decision victory.

Pacatiw, a Kan-kana-ey, is a Criminology graduate at the University of the Cordilleras and one of the promising fighters out of Team Lakay. He is the only fighter from the Philippines to have the most appearances in Brave Combat Federation with seven. Brave CF is the most dominant Bahrain-based MMA promotion.

Pacatiw also made history as the first Filipino to fight and win a professional MMA fight in an African soil.

Earlier, Pacatiw also earned a hard fought split decision victory against American Keith Lee, 21, of Las Vegas, Nevada in one of the main cards of Brave 14 in Morocco last August.

Meanwhile, Ambassador of the Philippines in Pakistan, H.E Daniel R. Espiritu, has congratulated Pacatiw for his victory at Brave 17.

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