ONE Championship stars Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, and Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, were at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Constitution Hills, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on February 11, 2020. They were two of the three Igorot mixed martial arts training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines who were honored by Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) partylist representative Eric Go Yap, 40.
Yap is the designated caretaker of Benguet. The province’s representative Nestor Fongwan passed away on December 18, 2019.
To formally recognize Pacio and Folayang for their great contribution to mixed martial arts in the Philippines, Yap submitted House Resolution No. 707. During their meeting at the House of Representatives, the two ONE Championship athletes were with BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, and their coach Mark Sangiao, who were also recipients of the recognition.
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It’s been a challenging 3 months , from November 2019 – January 2020 💪🏽🔥 I wanna take this time to thank @alexsilva1010 for that awesome experience last Friday , It was a privilege to share the Circle with you🙇🙏 To Coach @marksangiao and to all my Teamates and Seniors thank you for all the time and effort you gave just to train us, to all our sponors and supporters thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, and also to my family and friends 🙏 To my teamates and athleteswho competed last Friday congratulations to all of us, and to one of who had been my inspiration Manung Champ @the.landslide I know you will be back stronger coz are born a Warrior of Christ🙏 still my Champ😊 To ONE Championship family, Sir @yodchatri , Sir @victorcui and to One Elite Agency thank you once again for the opportunity, its a Privilege and Im forever blessed 🙇 #WeAreOne All I can say is Hard Work Pays Off but Hard Work Never Stops 💪🏽🔥 On to the Next #One #TeamLakay #OneChampionship #AndStill #ThPassion #MartialArts #PhilippinePride #CordilleraPride #WeAreOne
Pacio and Folayang were two of the six Filipino MMA fighters who competed at “ONE: Fire and Fury” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 31, 2020. In the co-main event of the evening, Folayang lost via split decision to Pieter “The Archangel” Buist, 31, of the Netherlands in an MMA match in the lightweight division.
In the main event, Pacio successfully defended his title as the reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion from former champion Alex “Little Rock” Silva, 37, of Brazil. The defending champion won via split decision.
It marked Pacio’s second successful title defense. The first one was on November 8, 2019 when he submitted his countryman Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 41, at “ONE: Masters of Fate” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
On the other hand, Folayang held the ONE Lightweight World Championship title twice. He reigned in the division from November 11, 2016 to November 10, 2017 and from November 23, 2018 to March 31, 2019.