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What Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio expects from Rene Catalan at ‘ONE: Masters of Fate’

Joshua Pacio, Rene Catalan (©ONE Championship)

Joshua Pacio, Rene Catalan (©ONE Championship)

Reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, is one of the three Team Lakay warriors competing at “ONE: Masters of Fate.” The Igorot mixed martial artist will defend his belt against Filipino MMA veteran Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 40.

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 Team Lakay fighter said, “Once again, it is an honor to perform in front of my hometown fans in Manila.”

“Putting on a show for all the Filipino people, it’s always something I am excited for,” Pacio continued. “Rene Catalan is a worthy challenger. He’s riding a six-bout winning streak and is full of confidence. I am expecting only the best from him. As always, I take this as an opportunity to test my skills.”

“He’s a veteran who has been fighting his whole life,” the reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion said of Catalan. “I have also been impressed by his recent performances, especially against Yoshitaka Naito. It’s rare that a Filipino will fight another Filipino for a world title but I’m glad to be part of history.”

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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