On July 27, 2018, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of Baguio City, Philippines will compete “ONE: Reign of Kings” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. His opponent is Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22, of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Originally, Pacio and Mitsatit were scheduled to face each other at “ONE: Global Superheroes” on January 26, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. However, the Thai contender had to pull out due to injury and was replaced by Lan Ming Qiang, 24, of Guangxi, China.
Representing Team Lakay, Pacio is coming out of a rear-naked choke submission victory over Lan at “ONE: Global Superheroes.” By beating his Chinese opponent, the Filipino mixed martial artist improved his professional MMA record to 11 wins and 2 losses.
On the other hand, Mitsatit has 9 wins and 0 loss. It has been almost nine months since the undefeated Thai fighter’s most recent bout, which was at “ONE: Heroes Dream.”
Taking place at the Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on November 3, 2017, “ONE: Heroes Dream” marked Mitsatit’s third victory in ONE Championship bout. He knocked out Jeremy “The Jaguar”Miado, 25, of Manila, Philippines.
Pacio will be the third Filipino opponent to be faced by Mitsatit in ONE Championship. The first one was Rabin “The Rock” Catalan, 32, of Iloilo, Philippines who lost to the Thai fighter via technical knockout at “ONE: Warrior Kingdom” on March 11, 2017 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
On the other hand, Mitsatit will be the third Thai opponent to be faced by Pacio in ONE Championship. The Team Lakay fighter defeated Bangkok’s Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai, 26, via rear-naked choke submission at “ONE: Heroes of the World” at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China on August 13, 2016 and Trang’s Dejdamrong “Kru Rong” Sor Amnuaysirichoke, 39, at “ONE: Warrior Kingdom” at the Impact Arena on March 11, 2017.
Meanwhile, watch the bout between Pacio and Lan here: