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Bonus is life changing: Jeremy Pacatiw on his submission win over Tial Thang

LockerRoom Team
11 December 2022

Last Saturday, December 3, Jeremy Pacatiw delighted his countrymen by winning in the second round at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

On the main card of ONE 164: Pacio vs. Brooks, the 26-year-old Filipino tightened a triangle choke submission to compel Tial Thang to tap, going back on the winning track following his loss to top-ranked bantamweight Fabricio Andrade in February.

Although Team Lakay is renowned for their amazing striking abilities, "The Juggernaut" scored his third career victory via submission and attributes it to the top stable's dedication to getting better in every facet of mixed martial arts.

"The Juggernaut" finished early in round two, earning him a US$50,000 performance bonus from ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong following an interesting opening round in which both fighters exchanged strikes on the feet.

The additional payment thrilled the Baguio City man and offered some recompense for the years of dedication he had put into his combat sports career.

“Having that bonus is life changing because, as a martial artist, it’s very hard. We’re very blessed. We are thankful to Sir Chatri because we impressed him, and he gave us a US$50,000 bonus. I’m speechless. That’s it,” Pacatiw noted.

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He also talked about the importance of training different aspects of MMA.

“As a martial artist, we need to train everything, not only one arsenal. This is mixed martial arts, and it’s composed of a lot of disciplines. With the proper and right people in the gym, we train and hone our arsenal. We keep on grinding, and repetition is the key. That’s why I was able to execute the triangle [choke]. It wasn’t the game plan, but it just came, so I saw it as an opportunity and took it,” he said.

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