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Pacatiw loses in ‘bad’ ruling
by Harley F. Palangchao

CONTROVERSIAL LOSS -- Team Lakay’s Jeremy Pacatiw (right) displayed striking skills and ground defense against Ali Qaisi of Jordan in the undercard of Brave Combat Federation 29 in Bahrain on weekend but the Filipino fighter lost the bout in a controversial unanimous decision. -- Brave CF photo

Team Lakay chairman Mark Sangiao and his prized fighters always display the virtue of sportsmanship by being gracious either in victory or defeat. But not this time.

Sangiao expressed disappointment in the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation following a controversy that led to decision loss on the part of young campaigner Jeremy Pacatiw.

The 23-year-old Pacatiw, the only Filipino fighter with the greatest number of appearances in Brave CF, fought Ali Qaisi of Jordan in Brave 29 in Bahrain on weekend.

MMA fans who watched the fight were surprised that Qaisi was declared the winner via unanimous decision when Pacatiw obviously won the fight with superb striking and grappling defense.

While Qaisi has taken down Pacatiw, it was the latter who even scored with punches from the ground. Sangiao also wondered why the fight was halted prematurely in round two when 50 seconds still remained for the round.

“We know the scoring system, we are not new to this sport,” Sangiao said, adding that such incident is a classic example of exploiting athletes.

“What’s the point in all of our hardships if this is what they’re going to do? They have to be professional,” Sangiao added.

Meanwhile, Team Lakay fighter Edward Kelly suffered another loss in the undercard of ONE: Age of Dragons in China, also on weekend.

Chinese featherweight star Tang Kai made it five wins in a row, pounding out a unanimous decision victory against Kelly over three rounds in his latest conquest. 

It was mostly a striking battle between the two, but Tang proved busier and more accurate with his combinations. 

Kelly tried his best and no doubt kept the bout competitive, but Tang was just a step ahead at every juncture. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Tang.

 
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