Pacio took revenge, and Naito's belt, at ONE Conquest of Heroes

ONE Conquest of Heroes: Joshua Pacio is the new strawweight champ, upsets fill the undercard

Jakarta, Indonesia – A new strawweight champion was crowned at ONE: Conquest of Heroes as Filipino strawweight ace Joshua Pacio used his new-and-improved wrestling game to snatch the belt away from defending champ Yoshitaka Naito. The Conquest of Heroes undercard was filled with upsets and epic, honor-filled martial arts clashes (trademark: ONE Propaganda Machine) – read on for quick recaps & clips from all of the MMA (and some Muay Thai) action from Jakarta!

 

 

ONE Men’s Strawweight Title Bout:

Joshua Pacio (16-2, #113 World)

Unanimous Decision, 5 rounds

Yoshitaka Naito (13-2, #53 World)

If you enjoy wrestling, high energy scrambles, and positional control then this was the 25 minute strawweight title fight for you. Neither Joshua Pacio nor defending champ Yoshitaka Naito did much on the feet in this one, aside from a crackling body kick from Pacio in round 1 that convinced Naito to avoid the striking game altogether. Instead, Naito constantly shot for takedowns and found himself frequently reversed and dominated by “The Passion”. The Filipino star has built has resume on the strength of nine ONE apperances, and he showed off vastly improved grappling skills compared to his first fight with Naito in 2016 which saw him choked out in round 3. What an accomplishment for Joshua Pacio as he swept the judges’ scorecards to earn revenge for that loss and take home the ONE strawweight world title in the process.

 

 

ONE Conquest of Heroes: The Upsets

 

M115/125: Xuewen Peng (3-4)  UD3  Stefer Rahardian (8-2, #231 World)

Stefer Rahardian was the clear favorite in this spotlight fight in front of his home crowd. But Chinese Greco-Roman ace Xuewen Peng looked more comfortable in the cage than ever, eschewing his grappling talents to outstrike the favorite and eke out his third win in four ONE appearances. As longtime ONE observer James Goyder noted, it was a pleasant surprise to see a legit/unpopular decision rendered by the notoriously partisan ONE judging crew.

 

 

145/155: Koyomi Matsushima (10-3, #153 World)  TKO1  Marat Gafurov (16-2, #56 World)

It was a bad day for the Russian contingent, as a second straight Russian star fell when former ONE champ Marat Gafurov went down in a heap at the hands of recent ONE signee Koyomi Matsushima. Gafurov’s stony demeanor and impressive grappling talents once helped him streak to a seemingly-unbeatable 15-0 under the M-1 & ONE banners, but Matsushima was completely unfazed by his foe’s pedigree as he blasted his man with a perfect counter right for a round 1 knockdown! Moments later, ground strikes forced the ref to intervene and awarded Koyomi Matsushima a massive round 1 victory in his ONE promotional debut.  That’s the kind of win that should vault Matshima straight into ONE title contention.

 

 

155/170: Saygid Arsanaliev (6-1, #281 World)  TKO1  Timofey Nastyukhin (12-4, #135 World)

The other formerly-feared Russian on the card saw his mystique take another blow when Timofey Nastyukhin was tripped to the mat and pounded out with shocking efficiency by Istanbul resident Saygid Arslanaliev. The Turkish talent skillfully swept Nastyukhin’s legs from under him before smashing away with left handed punches that forced the ref’s hand and precipitated the quick stoppage. With the finish, Arslanaliev maintained his violent history of avoiding round 2 at all costs; he’s still never been to the judges’ scorecards and has seen all but one of those stoppages come inside the fight’s first two minutes.

 

 

125/135: Danny Kingad (10-1, #162 World)  UD3  Yuya Wakamatsu (10-3, #54 World M125)

Kagoshima’s Yuya Wakamatsu signed with ONE with genuine hype due to a crazy Pancrase 293 fight of the night versus Senzo Ikeda and a crushing KO of previously uncrackable JMMA legend Mamoru Yamaguchi at Pancrase 297. The Japanese steamroller’s push came to a halt here, though, as he ran into an equally palpable force in the form of rapidly improving ONE perennial Danny Kingad. Wakamatsu wasted no time showing the power that got him to this stage of the game, dropping Kingad to the canvas with a right hand early in round 1. But from there it was downhill for the favorite, as Kingad simply refused to go away and got better over the course of the 15 minute clash. Over time Kingad imposed his will, slamming and grappling his way to the unanimous decision upset. That’s six wins in seven tries under the ONE flag for the surging Team Lakay star.

 

 

 

ONE Conquest of Heroes: Rest of the MMA Undercard

125/135: Kairat Akhmetov (25-2, #205 World)  UD3  Hao Bin Ma (11-4, #318 World)

Kazakhstan star Kairat Akhmetov used his well-honed wrestling game to repeatedly lift and plant China’s Hao Bin Ma en route to a unanimous decision nod. Akhmetov’s added in solid distance control and kicks to advance to 3-2 in ONE, while Ma dropped to 6-2 in the promotion.

 

 

W105/115: Priscilla Gaol (4-3, #57 World W105)  UD3  Jomary Torres (4-0, #94 World W115)

The first international fighter to step inside the cage in Jakarta, Jomary Torres saw her undefeated record wrested away in dominant fashion by Priscilla Gaol’s wrestling superiority. Enjoy the cheeky Pride-style grounded knees authored by Gaol in round 1!

 

 

135/145: Sunoto Peringkat (10-4, #534 World)  Sub2  Victorio Senduk (3-2, #47 SE Asia)

The third of three Indonesia vs. Indonesia battles that kicked off the main card, this one saw Sunoto Peringkat advance to 8-4 inside the ONE promotion with a second round RNC tapout of Victorio Senduk.

 

 

M115/125: Adrian Mattheis (6-4)  TKO1  Angelo Bimoadji (0-1)

Adrian Mattheis wiped out debuting countryman Angelo Bimoadji early with this sick uppercut to even his ONE record at 4 wins, 4 losses.

 

 

M125/135: Egi Rotzen (1-0)  TKO3  Riski Umar (3-2)

Speaking of debuts, Indonesia’s Egi Rotzen took out Riski Umar with strikes in round 3 to cap an extended slugfest that kicked off ONE Conquest of Heroes in appropriate style.

 

 

ONE Conquest of Heroes: Muay Thai Highlights

 

 

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