With ONE 164: Pacio vs. Brooks, ONE Championship (ONE) tore the roof off the Mall of Asia Arena. The action-packed battle for the ONE Strawweight World Title was the main event of the stacked bill, which also included a number of other thrilling mixed martial arts matches.
Brooks wins the Strawweight title
In the main contest, American wonder Jarred Brooks survived a tenacious Joshua Pacio and defeated the Filipino superstar by a razor-thin unanimous decision to claim the ONE Strawweight World Title.
At the sound of the opening bell, Pacio and Brooks started fighting right away, with "The Monkey God" picking up the pace to try to set up his takedowns. "The Passion" made an effort to avoid Brooks' line of sight by reversing whenever the American shot in.
However, despite Pacio's excellent takedown defence, the challenger was able to compete with him in the striking department by frequently catching him with overhand rights.
In the last seconds of the fourth period, Brooks took Pacio down and caught him in a painful face crank. "The Monkey God" finished the battle in top position and successfully defended his world title during the last five minutes.
Superlek gets a win in the co-main event
Superlek Kiatmoo9 won a tough split decision over longtime foe Panpayak Jitmuangnon in the co-main event. For the eighth time in their illustrious careers, the two Thai striking superstars squared off, but "The Kicking Machine" put together a more potent offensive over the course of three rounds. The judges couldn't agree on who should have won, thus the contest remained tight until the very end.
In the end, #2-ranked flyweight Muay Thai contender Superlek defeated #1-ranked opponent.
Other results from the card
Amir Aliakbari, a legendary wrestler from Iran, defeated Filipino-American icon Brandon Vera in the first round via technical knockout, forcing the former ONE Heavyweight World Champion into retirement. Until a chance to close the gap presented itself, Aliakbari waited patiently in the pocket.
The Iranian swiftly closed the distance, took Vera to the ground, and beat him senseless. As "The Truth" stated it was his final match in professional MMA, and the sold-out Mall of Asia Arena gave Vera an emotional send-off.
With a thrilling second-round knockout victory over longtime Filipino favourite and former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio, Chinese firecracker Hu Yong stunned the Manila audience.
Hu was able to advance because of Eustaquio's poise and accuracy as he chose to reply. Hu, however, kept getting stronger while Eustaquio struggled to establish his rhythm. When "Gravity" was knocked down by the "Wolf Warrior," the referee was forced to stop the fight. This demonstrated the strength of the "Wolf Warrior," who had finally come into his own.
Jeremy Pacatiw gets a win over Tial Thang
Bantamweight phenom Jeremy Pacatiw of Team Lakay put on an amazing showing, exchanging powerful blows with Myanmar's Tial Thang before showcasing his ground game. Pacatiw chased Tial Thang over the Circle in the first round, using his lightning-fast hands and strong kicks.
But in the second round, Pacatiw's grappling proved to be the decisive factor. When "The Juggernaut" rapidly engaged in a triangle choke after "The Dragon Leg" had been injured on the feet, it caused Tial Thang to bleed out. Pacatiw received a bonus of $50,000 due to the win.
Drex Zamboanga and Adonis Sevilleno, two heroic Filipino fighters, competed in the arduous three-round fight that opened the main show. Both men showed up to fight, engaging in a skilful combination of striking and wrestling as they squared off in the Circle's middle. Throughout the course of the match, Zamboanga won the stand-up exchanges while Sevilleno focused heavily on wrestling. In the end, Zamboanga won the fight by a unanimous decision after receiving scores from all three judges.
ONE 164 Results
Performance bonus winners: Jeremy Pacatiw (US$50,000), Jhanlo Mark Sangiao (US$50,000), Tagir Khalilov (US$50,000)
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