PROMISING Filipino MMA fighter Joshua Pacio and reigning ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee headlines ONE: Warrior Kingdom at the 12,000 seat Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on March 11.
Pacio squares off with former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke on the undercard of Lee’s title defense against the unbeten Jenny Huang.
Pacio guarantees a better version of himself as he crosses paths with Dejdamrong.
“He is a former champion. There shouldn’t be room even for a single mistake in this bout. One mistake took everything away from me in my last fight. This time around, I can’t be complacent. Moreover, I have to be two steps or three steps ahead of him,” Pacio said.
“Expect that I will be a better competitor inside the cage. My team has prepared a good strength and conditioning program to level up my cardio. I made sure to sharpen my striking. I also invested time in my ground game.”
Lee of Waipahu, Hawaii, is one of the promotion’s most outstanding athletes regardless of gender or weight class. Lee is of mixed Singaporean and Korean heritage and trains at Asia’s premier mixed martial arts gym, Evolve MMA in Singapore.
Lee’s beautiful combination of solid striking and grappling skills has proven to be a potent formula for success as she remains unbeaten in her MMA career. In her last bout, Lee captured the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship with an impressive victory over Mei Yamaguchi. Lee makes the first defense of her title against Huang.
Twenty six-year-old Huang represents Chinese Taipei. Unbeaten with a professional MMA record of five wins and no losses, Huang also owns three impressive submission victories.
In her most recent bout, Huang electrified the arena by executing an extremely rare submission, the gogoplata, overcoming a spirited performance from the Philippines’ April Osenio.
Dejdamrong is a three-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai world champion and has a 6-1 record as a professional mixed martial artist. He is known as a technical striker with quick hands and lightning feet, employing some of the most unique and creative combinations. He has 25 years of competitive experience.
The other matches include Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai of Thailand taking on Filipino OFW Richard Corminal; Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai battling Indonesia’s Adrian Matheis; Pongsiri “Punhod” Mitsatit facing Rabin Catalan of the Philippines; Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige facing Malaysian Audreylaura Boniface; and Chinese standout Ma Jia Wen taking on Yohan Mulia Legowo.
Wiratchai of Thailand is a staple in exciting and memorable battles inside the ONE Championship cage. A mainstay of Bangkok Fight Lab, he trains in various martial arts disciplines at home in Bangkok, including Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Wiratchai likes to be creative with his striking, employing a myriad of unpredictable off-angle elbows and kicks.
Corminal is a Filipino mixed martial artist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He holds a professional MMA record of four wins and one loss, with all of his career victories to date coming by way of knockout.
Kongsrichai is a Thai national wrestling champion, and has a 4-3 record as a professional mixed martial artist. He has not gone the distance yet in his young career, having two knockouts and two submissions under his belt.
Matheis of Jakarta, Indonesia, is a mixed martial artist competing in ONE Championship’s strawweight division. Matheis defeated both Rustam Hutajulu and Roso Nugroho via scintillating knockouts to be crowned the tournament champion.
The 20-year-old Mitsatit is an undefeated prospect from Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has a stellar professional MMA record of 7-0, with five knockout triumphs and one submission victory.
Thirty-year-old Catalan of Iloilo City, Philippines, is a wushu practitioner with a 4-2 slate as a professional mixed martial artist. He made his maiden ONE Championship appearance against compatriot Pacio in April 2016.
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