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Pacio gets rematch with ONE Japanese champion
by Harley F. Palangchao

REMATCH SET -- A rematch between former ONE strawweight champion Joshua Pacio (right) and reigning champion Yosuke Saruta has been set as the co-main event of ONE: Root of Honor at the Mall of Asia Arena on April 12. -- ONE photo

Former ONE straw weight world champion Joshua Pacio will finally get a rematch against reigning champion Yosuke Saruta in the co-main event of ONE: Root of Honor at the Mall of Asia Arena on April 12.

Fight fans have been demanding for a rematch between Pacio and Saruta following a controversial split decision in favor of the Japanese fighter earlier this year.

No other than ONE Championship top honcho Chatri Sityodtong expressed dismay over the judges’ decision but has promised fans that a rematch will be set immediately.

Pacio was supposed to fight first Japanese contender Hayato Suzuki, who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. Saruta was tapped to take his place in the main event against the Filipino.

Using his world-class striking and grappling skills, Saruta put together a comprehensive performance, upsetting Pacio to capture the belt in their first bout. 

However, the extremely close result was enough to warrant an immediate rematch between the two. Now, the two have the chance to settle the score once and for all to determine who is the true king at strawweight.

In the main event, former two-division world champion Martin Nguyen will defend his featherweight world belt against Mongolian Jadambaa Narantungalag.

The 29-year-old Nguyen has become one of the most prolific Asian martial arts talents over the past few years, winning seven of his last nine contests. 

In 2015, he embarked on an unprecedented six-bout-winning streak, along the way capturing both the ONE featherweight and ONE lightweight world titles in the process to become a simultaneous two-division world champion.

After falling to injury however, Nguyen was prompted to vacate the lightweight strap last November.

Now, with Nguyen fully recovered, the Vietnamese-Australian stalwart is slated to make his much-awaited return to action against the dangerous veteran Jadambaa.

Jadambaa burst onto the ONE Championship stage in May 2014, defeating Honorio Banario. 

He has since been a winner of six of his last eight contests. 

In 2014, he captured the ONE featherweight world title with a victory over Koji Oishi. Over the years, Jadambaa has defeated some of ONE Championship’s biggest names, with notable victories coming over Kotetsu Boku, Eric and Edward Kelly, and Kazuki Tokudome.

 
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