Jhanlo Mark Sangiao had a lot riding on his performance in ONE Championship, and he has since shown that the excitement was well-founded.
Son of the legendary gym's founder and head coach, Mark Sangiao, the 20-year-old Team Lakay superstar defeated Anacleto Lauron at ONE 164: Pacio vs. Brooks on Saturday, December 3.
"The Machine" defeated his opponent in just 1:48 while competing in front of his countrymen at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, bringing his MMA record to 5-0.
Although Jhanlo Sangiao stunned the Manila crowd at ONE 164 with a remarkable performance, things weren't as easy for his Team Lakay stablemates.
Sangiao and bantamweight Jeremy Pacatiw won on the card, while there were losses for Eduard Folayang, Jenelyn Olsim, Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, and Adonis Sevilleno at ONE on Prime Video 5 on Friday.
When Pacio lost the ONE Strawweight World Title to Jarred Brooks, it was the last of Teak Lakay's four World Championships that he had held concurrently. But "The Machine" believes that his renowned training facility may go much further in the future.
“Unfortunately, only the two of us won, but we also learned from this. We don’t always win. We can’t always be victorious, but we’ll take that as a lesson, try to improve, improve, and improve until we get back to the top. I know we don’t have the belts anymore, but it’s not the end. We are here, we are rising. We will do our best to get [the belts] back. Team Lakay has a special weapon that can take not just four, but a lot of belts,” Jhanlo Mark Sangiao said in an interview with ONE Championship.
Jeremy Pacatiw also had a similar sentiment and noted that that Team Lakay will bounce back strongly.
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