Joshua Pacio - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Joshua Pacio


Meet the men who helped Joshua Pacio's transformation

Apr 03, 2020 - 9:23 PM

Initially pursuing martial arts to lose weight, Joshua Pacio develops into the most dominant strawweight champion in ONE Championship history

TITLEHOLDER. Some see Joshua Pacio as the best athlete from Team Lakay. Photo from ONE Championship

Pacio displays impressive ground game against Silva

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Known for his striking, Joshua Pacio manages to stand tall against BJJ champion Alex Silva at ONE: Fire and Fury

STILL THE CHAMP. Joshua Pacio takes down another former strawweight titlist in Alex Silva. Photo from ONE Championship

Pacio defends ONE strawweight title

Feb 01, 2020 - 12:39 AM

Joshua Pacio wraps up a near perfect night for Filipino fighters as he successfully defends his strawweight title against Alex Silva

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pacio to showcase striking prowess against grappling master Silva

Jan 29, 2020 - 6:22 PM

Joshua Pacio will dangle his ONE Championship strawweight belt against Alex Silva as he looks to start the year on a high note

CHAMPION MENTALITY. Joshua Pacio has made sure to improve his all-around game for his title defense. File photo from ONE Championship

Pacio out to prove caliber in ONE title defense

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Filipino Joshua Pacio looks to retain his ONE Championship strawweight belt against Brazilian Alex Silva

TITLE DEFENSE. Joshua Pacio is determined not to let go of his ONE Championship belt. Photo from ONE Championship

Pacio retains ONE Strawweight title in all-Filipino brawl

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Joshua Pacio defends his ONE Strawweight title against Filipino wushu champion Rene Catalan

TITLE DEFENSE. Joshua Pacio dominates Rene Catalan for the ONE Strawweight title. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Drama, personal grudge mark ONE’s second all-Filipino world title bout

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio puts his strawweight belt on the line against compatriot Rene Catalan in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate

Pacio to defend ONE title vs compatriot Catalan

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Joshua Pacio will defend his ONE Championship strawweight title for the first time since reclaiming it in April

ALL-FILIPINO. Joshua Pacio will test his skills against veteran Filipino mixed martial artist Rene Catalan. Photo from ONE Championship

WATCH: Joshua Pacio scores sensational KO, reclaims ONE title

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'The Passion' regains his strawweight crown as Team Lakay brawlers stand tall in ONE: Roots of Honor

BACK ON TOP. Joshua Pacio (right) gets Baguio-based Team Lakay back in the winner’s circle after dominating Japan’s Yosuke Saruta. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Joshua Pacio motivated to revive Lakay’s ONE world title hunt

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Out to reclaim Team Lakay's lost glory, Joshua Pacio hopes to jumpstart the Baguio-based squad's winning run versus Yosuke Saruta

REVENGE. Joshua Pacio (right) aims to reclaim the ONE world strawweight title in a rematch bout against Japanese Yosuke Saruta. Photo release

Team Lakay opens 2019 with 2 straight losses at ONE Eternal Glory

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Joshua Pacio loses the strawweight belt to Japanese underdog Yosuka Saruta as Edward Kelly also bows to Singaporean Christian Lee

IN PHOTOS: The Year of Lakay

Dec 30, 2018 - 12:08 PM

In 2018, Baguio's Team Lakay proves that it's one of the best mixed martial arts stables in Asia

Joshua Pacio to defend ONE world title against Hayato Suzuki

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Joshua Pacio kicks off the 2019 ONE season with a fight against Hayato Suzuki

THE PASSION. Joshua "The Passion" Pacio opens 2019 with a title defense of his his ONE Strawweight title. Photo from release

PH's Team Lakay dominates 2018 Global Martial Arts Awards

Nov 09, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The famed stable takes home 4 major awards

BIG WINNER. Eduard Folayang wins the most prestigious award from the 2018 Global Martial Arts Award after bagging the Martial Arts Hero of the Year. File photo from ONE Championship

A night to remember for ONE world champion Joshua Pacio

Sep 25, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio secures the ONE strawweight belt in Jakarta, Indonesia

WORLD'S BEST. Joshua Pacio is the third member from Team Lakay to secure a ONE world championship title. Photo from release.

Pinoy Pacio secures ONE Championship strawweight belt in Jakarta

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The Team Lakay standout dethrones Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision in a rematch of their 2016 title contest

ON A ROLL. Joshua Pacio extendS Team Lakay's hot streak. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio hopes aggressive tactics leads him to a belt

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The Team Lakay strawweight aims to exact revenge on champion Yoshitaka Naito this Saturday

FOCUSED. Joshua Pacio thinks he has scouted reigning champion Yoshitaka Naito (background) well this time. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Filipinos on collision course in ONE Championship

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Rene Catalan and Joshua Pacio could end up in a potential bout that is slated as the title eliminator for the strawweight belt held by Japan's Yoshitaka Naito

COMPATRIOTS. Rene Catalan (left) and Rene Pacio could end up in a potential all-Filipino bout in the strawweight division of ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

Eustaquio and Ahkmetov square off in ONE: Global Superheroes

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:02 PM

ONE Championship also announces partnership with Global Citizen

REMATCH. Geje Eustaquio looks to exact revenge on Kairat Akhmetov in their ONE: Global Superheroes championship rematch. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

ONE: Kelly, Pacio suffer tough losses, but Torres saves the day in Macau

Aug 06, 2017 - 2:22 AM

Eric Kelly suffers a technical knockout loss to Kotetsu Boku and Joshua Pacio is submitted by Hayato Suzuki but Jomary Torres pulls off the upset against Rika Ishige

TOUGH LOSS. Filipino fighter Eric Kelly takes a right hand from Kotetsu Boku en route to his third straight loss. Photo from ONE

Naito sees Pacio as future MMA world champion

Oct 10, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Naito sees Pacio having a gold plated strap around his waist someday

FUTURE WORLD CHAMP. Yoshitaka Naito (L) believes that Joshua Pacio (R) will be a world champion someday. Photo from ONE Championship

Naito on Pacio fight: 'I thought I was going to die'

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Naito endures two grueling rounds before pulling off a come from behind victory at ONE Championship s Myanmar card

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE. Yoshitaka Naito (R) felt that he almost died in the fight against Filipino prospect Joshua Pacio. Photo from ONE Championship

Team Lakay coach satisfied with Pacio’s performance against Naito

Oct 09, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Pacio might have fallen short in the first world title fight of his budding career but Sangiao is pleased with his performance

SATISFIED. Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao is pleased with Joshua Pacio's performance, despite the loss to Yoshitaka Naito. Photo from ONE Championship

Joshua Pacio remains positive despite submission loss in ONE title fight

Oct 09, 2016 - 9:21 AM

It’s not a defeat I think of it as a lesson says Filipino fighter Joshua Pacio after losing to ONE Championship strawweight champ Yoshitaka Naito

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. Joshua Pacio has vowed to learn from his mistakes and increase his time in training after tapping out to Yoshitaka Naito in Myanmar. File photo from ONE Championship

Naito spoils Pacio’s bid to become youngest Pinoy MMA champ

Oct 08, 2016 - 12:33 AM

Yoshitaka Naito forces Joshua Pacio to tap out to a rear naked choke in Myanmar

FALLING SHORT. Joshua Pacio is submitted in the third round in Myanmar. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

ONE FC: Naito banks on experience against Pacio

Oct 06, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito doesn t want to be part of Joshua Pacio s history as the Filipino seeks to become the youngest Pinoy MMA champ

TITLE DEFENSE. Yoshitaka Naito will defend his ONE Championship strawweight title vs Filipino Joshua Pacio. Photo by ONE Championship

ONE FC: Pacio shrugs off Naito’s championship experience

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Pacio downplays Naito’s vast championship experience and believes he has the chance to pull off an improbable upset

TITLE SHOT. Joshua Pacio of from Team Lakay will get a shot at the ONE Championship strawweight title. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Franklin: Pacio can keep up with experienced Japanese foe

Oct 02, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Pacio is being touted by numerous cageside observers as the most promising young competitor in the Philippine MMA scene today

FIGHTING CHANCE. ONE Championship vice president Rich Franklin believes that Joshua Pacio can find ways to topple Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Joshua Pacio guns to make history as youngest Pinoy MMA world champ

Sep 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM

A victory over Naito would do wonders for Pacio s budding career

Joshua Pacio ready to go full 5 rounds with Yoshitaka Naito

Sep 30, 2016 - 12:26 PM

The 20 year old from Baguio is set to face Naito for the ONE Championship strawweight title

Folayang sees 'favorite sparmate' Pacio winning world title

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Even with the influx of young talents from all corners of the country Folayang sees Pacio as the frontrunner of the new generation of Filipino fighters

TITLE SHOT. Joshua Pacio of from Team Lakay will get a shot at the ONE Championship strawweight title. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Sangiao: Folayang, Pacio out to win ONE Championship titles

Sep 27, 2016 - 1:51 PM

Despite the odds the Team Lakay coach is confident Folayang and Pacio will have their hands raised after solid preparations

DOUBLE CHAMPIONS. Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is confident that Eduard Folayang and Joshua Pacio will become ONE Championship titleholders. Photos from ONE Championship, Edward Hilvano IV

Team Lakay vets see Joshua Pacio copping ONE Championship gold

Sep 22, 2016 - 9:52 PM

Can Pacio make history? His Team Lakay s senior fighters seem to believe so

Naito seeks to exploit Pinoy foe’s ground game; Pacio not worried

Sep 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Naito and Pacio are set to face off in the main event of ONE Championship s State of Warriors card

Upcoming title fights will erase past championship woes, says Team Lakay coach

Sep 11, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Team Lakay widely recognized in Philippine MMA scene due to its notable homegrown talents has lost 6 major title fights since 2013

TITLE SHOT. Joshua Pacio of from Team Lakay will get a shot at the ONE Championship strawweight title. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Joshua Pacio balances life as college student and training for MMA title fight

Sep 10, 2016 - 4:16 PM

Pacio a Hotel and Restaurant Management student at University of the Cordilleras is training for fight vs ONE Championship s strawweight champ

ACHIEVER. Pacio excels both in the cage and classroom. Photo from ONE Championship

Filipino Pacio faces Naito for ONE Championship strawweight title

Sep 03, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Joshua Pacio will face Yoshitaka Naito at State of Warriors on October 7 in Myanmar

TITLE SHOT. Joshua Pacio of from Team Lakay will get a shot at the ONE Championship strawweight title. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Folayang, Banario, Pacio pick up wins, Yabo loses on ONE FC’s Macau card

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Eduard Folayang Honorio Banario and Joshua Pacio score impressive victories in ONE Championship s first show at The Venetian Macau

Pacio could be the next big PH MMA star, says Team Lakay coach

Aug 06, 2016 - 9:34 PM

Pacio a 20 year old native of Baguio City may soon be making headlines in the PH MMA scene