Hayato Suzuki, 32, of Takahagi City, Ibaraki, Japan was originally scheduled to challenge reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines in the first ONE Championship event in 2019. However, the Japanese challenger was pulled out from the card due to health concerns.
Titled “ONE: Eternal Glory,” the event was scheduled to take place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019. On December 19, 2018, Suzuki took to Facebook to reveal that he was diagnosed with a cerebellar cyst.
A cerebellar cyst develops in the white matter of the cerebellum. Located behind the top part of the brain stem, the cerebellum coordinates speech, posture, balance, coordination and other voluntary movements.
As Suzuki noted, his fans should not worry about him. Cerebellar cysts are suitable for surgical treatment by drainage and brain cysts are generally benign so the growth does not spread to other parts of the body, according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Now that Suzuki has been pulled out of the “ONE: Eternal Glory” card, another Japanese fighter was tapped to challenge Pacio in the main event. Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Saitama, Japan, the new challenger, also took to Facebook to announce his next bout.
Saruta made his successful ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He defeated former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex “Little Rock” Silva, 36, of Sao Paulo, Brazil via unanimous decision.
Marking Saruta’s second ONE Championship outing, “ONE: Eternal Glory” will feature 13 bouts. Along with 12 mixed martial arts matches are one kickboxing contest and one Muay Thai contest.
Currently, Saruta holds a professional MMA record of 18 wins, 8 losses and 3 draws. He is a former Shooto Strawweight World Champion and he is training out of Wajutsu Keishukai HEARTS in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
On the other hand, Pacio has 16 wins and 2 losses and he is training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad. Here is a recent interview with the Filipino champ: