An injury has forced undefeated Thai fighter Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 21, to pull out from “ONE: Global Superheroes,” which is scheduled on January 26, 2018. He will be replaced by Lan Ming Qiang, 24, of China as the opponent of Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of the Philippines.
“Lan Ming Qiang is my new opponent now, and I need to adopt quickly to his style,” Pacio said. “But our game plan is still the same, and I will execute that on 26 January.”
From Guangxi, China, Lan is a national sanda champion who trains alongside flyweight world title contender Hao Bin “The Southern Eagle” Ma at the Jincan Defense Club. After a 16-2 Wushu Sanda record and several championship titles, Lan recently made his transition to the cage and already has a pair of stunning victories to his credit.
The opponent change has not affected Pacio or his training at Team Lakay. He revealed that he will continue his normal preparation alongside head coach Mark Sangiao and his world-class teammates.
“The toughest thing about Lan’s skill set is his striking game,” Pacio commented on his “ONE: Global Supeheroes” opponent. “But I think I have competed against some of the best strikers in my division. I expect that Lan will be explosive and hungry, so I will stick to our game plan and get the win.”
For Pacio, his three-round cage encounter with Lan is an opportunity to build some momentum. The Team Lakay fighter said, “I see this match as a very exciting one because I know we are both warriors, and I know we will put everything on the line on the 26th.”
“ONE: Global Superheroes” will take lace at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The main event is a rematch between Kazakhstan’s Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhtemov, 30, and Team Lakay fighter Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 28.