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Mark Sangiao gives his thoughts on the ONE Championship debut of Jhanlo Sangiao

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Calendar Icon15 December 2021

Jhanlo Sangiao of Team Lakay will make his ONE Championship debut at ONE: Winter Warriors II on 17 December 2021. Along with carrying the team’s name on his shoulders, Jhanlo will also have the responsibility of coming in as the son of the legendary coach Mark Sangiao when he steps into the Circle.

Mark Sangiao is a name that has created a long list of world champions and he is upbeat about the prospect of seeing his own blood inside the ONE Championship circle.

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“This will be the first time that I’m going to coach my son. Although I consider our athletes as like our own children, it’s really different when it’s your own blood,” he said in a recent media interview.

Despite the relationship, the Team Lakay head coach notes that Jhanlo will not be getting any special treatment.

“If it’s just up to me, I will treat him the same as our other athletes. But we don’t know what will happen and like I said, that will be the first time that I will experience that. So I think we could only wait for fight night before we can see how different I could really be when I’m just barking orders for him as a coach on the side,” he added.

When concluding, Mark also noted that Jhanlo will be responsible for handling the pressure and pitched in a nickname idea.

“He has to understand how to handle pressure despite this being his first time fighting here. But as far as I can see, he’s really ready to fight. Now that he’s old enough, he could already have the name of ‘The Machine’. That name was given to me when I was still an athlete because when I was starting, I didn’t stop until there was a clear winner. So to me, the fans can only expect that the fruit is better than the tree,” he concluded.

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