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4 Potential fights for Team Lakay Stars in the year of 2022

LockerRoom Team
29 December 2021

2021 was an eventful year for Team Lakay. The team went through a lot of ups and downs but ended the year on a bittersweet note at ONE: Winter Warriors II which saw Stephen Loman and Jhanlo Mark Sangiao make excellent promotional debuts when Kevin Belingon and Dany Kingad suffered losses.

2022 is expected to be a huge year for the team with the influx of new talent into the promotion. There are some exciting potential matchups for Team Lakay in ONE Championship and here is a look at four of them.

Joshua Pacio vs. Jarred Brooks

The battle lines have already been drawn for this showdown. A former UFC Fighter, Jarred Brooks made his ONE Championship debut recently with a huge win over Team Lakay star Lito Adiwang. After this win, Brooks made it clear that he is looking forward to fighting Joshua Pacio next.

Brooks even went on to play mind games with Pacio saying that there is pressure on Pacio to get a win for his team. Interestingly, Brooks already has a fight booked for January 2022 as he will be fighting Hiroba Minowa. The fight is expected to be a title eliminator with the winner most likely getting a shot at Pacio.

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If Brooks picks up the win over Minowa, it would set up a fight between Pacio and Brooks for the title. With all the friction that exists between Brooks and Team Lakay, it would be an interesting matchup.

Lito Adiwang vs. Yosuke Saruta

Lito Adiwang is currently sitting on a loss that he suffered at the hands of Jarred Brooks. The setback against Brooks has dented the momentum of Adiwang but he has already expressed his desire to bounce back strong. The Filipino MMA star noted that he is looking forward to fighting Yosuke Saruta next and it is a match that makes a lot of sense.

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Saruta has been a mainstay in the division for a long time now and his trilogy with Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio was a treat to the fans as well. Just like Adiwang, Saruta is also coming off a loss in his last fight and with both fighters in the top five of the division, this match could produce fireworks.

John Lineker vs. Stephen Loman

Initially, Stephen Loman was expected to make his promotional debut in ONE Championship in a showdown against John Lineker. However, the match did not go through and Loman ended up making his debut against Yusup Saadulaev instead.

Now that Loman has already made a statement with his promotional debut, it would be ideal for ONE Championship to book Lineker vs. Loman once again. Lineker has already set his eyes on the ONE Bantamweight title and Bibiano Fernandes and introducing Loman into the title scene makes matters more interesting.

John Lineker vs. Kevin Belingon

Kevin Belingon might be going through a rough phase lately but the former champion has made it clear that he wants to run it back with John Lineker. Belingon and Lineker fought back in October 2020 with Lineker picking up the win via a second-round TKO.

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Belingon was hoping to earn a rematch with Lineker by defeating Kwon Won II but it did not go well for the Filipino MMA star. He might have to get a win under his belt in 2022 before he can ask for a rematch with Lineker but with experience on his side, it would be foolish to write off Belingon.

What are some of the fights that you want to see featuring Team Lakay in the year 2022? Let us know in the comment section of the article below.

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