Featuring 11 bouts, “ONE: Reign of Kings” is the third of the four ONE Championship events scheduled in the Philippines in 2018. In the fight card were eight mixed martial arts bouts and three matches under the Singapore-based martial arts promotion’s striking-only league ONE Super Series.
The fourth bout of the evening was an MMA bout between Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of Baguio City, Philippines and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22, of Chiang Mai, Thailand. They competed in an MMA bout in the strawweight division.
Representing Team Lakay, Pacio is a former ONE Strawweight World Championship title challenger. At “ONE: Reign of Kings,” he notched his third straight victory, authoring a spectacular submission victory over Mitsatit in the first round.
After an emphatic slam to the canvas, Pacio finished the job with a straining armlock leaving Mitsatit with no other choice but to tap. It was the first loss of the Thai contender.
By beating Mitsatit at “ONE: Reign of Kings,” Pacio improved his professional MMA record to 12 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Mitsatit’s record downgraded to 9 wins and 1 loss.
The only two fighters to defeat Pacio are Japanese martial arts veterans Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 34, the reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion, and Hayato Suzuki, 32. Both via rear-naked choke submission, the Team Lakay lost to Naito at “ONE: State of Warriors” on October 7, 2016 and to Suzuki at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” on August 5, 2017.
After losing to Suzuki, Pacio defeated fellow Filipino fighter Roy Doliguez, 36, Ming Qiang Lan, 24, of China and Mitsatit consecutively. The Team Lakay fighter knocked out Doliguez at “ONE: Legend of the World” on November 10, 2017 and submitted Lan via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Global Superheroes” on January 26, 2018.
The press conference for “ONE: Reign of Kings” took place at the City of Dreams Manila in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 24, 2018. The fight night took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila on July 27, 2018.