MMA, martial arts

What Rene Catalan thinks of Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio

Joshua Pacio, Rene Catalan (©ONE Championship)

Joshua Pacio, Rene Catalan (©ONE Championship)

Wushu world champion Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 40, is one of the Filipino mixed martial artists competing at “ONE: Masters of Fate.”He will challenge his countryman, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, who is one of the three Team Lakay warriors on the card.

Pacio and Catalan were among the eight “ONE: Masters of Fate” fighters who participated in the official open workout at the Elorde Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 5, 2019. During the event, which was hosted by Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson, the challenger said, “I am super confident heading into this matchup.”

“Becoming a mixed martial arts world champion has been a goal of mine for a long time,” Catalan continued. “Now, I have the opportunity to fulfill my dream. I know chances like this don’t come often, so I’m giving this everything I have. I don’t plan on leaving the circle without that belt.”

“Joshua Pacio is a young champion,” Catalan said of his “ONE: Masters of Fate” opponent. “He still has his entire career ahead of him. I respect his skills and his journey up to this point but once that cage door shuts, it’s go time. No matter who wins, the honor and glory go to the Philippines.”

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and three Muay Thai contests, ONE Championship will hold “ONE: Masters of Fate” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 8, 2019.

Also on the “ONE: Masters of Fate” card are Pacio’s Team Lakay teammates Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, and Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30. Folayang is a former ONE Lightweight World Champion while Eustaquio is a former ONE Flyweight World Champion.

In the co-main event of the evening, Folayang will compete in an MMA match in the lightweight division against MGL-1 FC Lightweight Champion Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhuu, 29, of Mongolia. In the 10th bout of the evening, Eustaquio will fight Tauru in an MMA match in the flyweight division.

Here is a clip from the “ONE: Masters of Fate” workout:

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