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One Championship Strawweight Title Fight: Joshua Pacio vs Yosuke Saruta: Analysis and Prediction

Saba Sozashvili
23 Sep 2021
One Championship Strawweight Title Fight: Joshua Pacio vs Yosuke Saruta: Analysis and Prediction

On September 24, another great event of One promotion will take place. The headlining of the event will be a welterweight title fight between Christian Lee and Rae Yoon Ok, but this is not the only fight that will be held for the title. Also, the co-main event will be a featherweight title clash in Muay Thai, between Capitan Petchyindee and Mehdi Zatout.

The strawweight title fight will be held according to MMA rules. Joshua Pacio will try to defend his title against the #3 ranked flyweight (In Japan), Yosuke Saruta.

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Joshua Pacio is one of the best strikers in the promotion. He started his career in Wushu Sanda and participated in several national tournaments. After that, he started an amateur MMA career and earned several victories. His first title fight was held in 2016 against Yoshitaka Naito, and he suffered a loss. Still, he did not give up and became the champion on the second try in 2019 when he defeated Yosuke Saruta in their rematch via unanimous decision. Since becoming champion, he fought twice and earned victories in all of them. He defeated Rene Catalan via submission Arm-Triangle Choke and Alex Silva via split decision.

Yosuke Saruta needed 2 victories until earning a trilogy battle with Joshua Pacio. Saruta defeated Daichi Kitakata via second-round KO, and after that, he defeated former champion Yoshitaka Naito at Shooto: Road to ONE.

The odds are not finalized yet, but I think that both fighters will have equal odds around 1.9. From my point of view, Joshua Pacio is a better martial artist. He has amazing striking and great BJJ, too. Also, he suffered loss only 3 times, and 2 of them were via submissions, and Saruta does not have good enough BJJ skills to submit Pacio. 6 out of 9 losses of Saruta are via KO/TKO. The first fight continued to all 5 rounds and ended up via split decision. The second one continued 4 rounds, and Pacio earned KO victory. I think they will fight all 5 rounds this time because they should be conscientious and fight step by step.

Both fighters know their advantages and disadvantages, so that this trilogy will reveal the best between them.

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