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Joshua Pacio wants to bring the belt back home for Filipinos

LockerRoom Team
28 February 2024

The stage is set for an epic showdown as Joshua Pacio gears up to reclaim his throne in the world of mixed martial arts. After losing the ONE Strawweight Title to Jarred Brooks in their initial encounter, Pacio is determined to turn the tables and emerge victorious in their highly anticipated rematch.

Pacio, a former ONE Strawweight MMA World Champion, has undergone significant changes since his defeat. Not only has he intensified his training regimen, but he has also made a pivotal decision to switch teams, signaling a new chapter in his career. As he prepares to face Brooks once again, Pacio exudes confidence and a renewed sense of purpose.

"Honestly, I feel like I’m in Manila right now. There’s a lot of Filipinos," Pacio remarked, highlighting the unwavering support he receives from his fellow countrymen. "Being one of the athletes in ONE Championship makes me so proud that I belong to the greatest and largest martial arts organization in the world."

For Pacio, competing in ONE Championship is more than just about personal glory; it's about inspiring the next generation of athletes and representing his country on the global stage. With a heartfelt message to his fellow Filipinos, Pacio pledges to deliver nothing short of excellence as he strives to bring home the gold belt.

"Competing here, I believe God put me on this platform to inspire the next generation. If you have dreams, go chase them. To the Filipinos, expect that I will bring home the gold belt this Friday," Pacio declared with conviction.

The much-anticipated rematch between Pacio and Brooks will take place at ONE 166: Qatar, presented by Visit Qatar, at the Mondrian Doha Ballroom. Fans can witness the action unfold live from the renowned Lusail Sports Arena on Friday, March 1.

While the Pacio-Brooks showdown undoubtedly takes center stage, ONE 166: Qatar promises a lineup of thrilling matches, including three World Title rematches. In the main event, fans will witness ONE Middleweight MMA World Champion Reinier de Ridder defend his title against the formidable Anatoly Malykhin, who holds both the ONE Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight MMA World Champion titles.

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As the countdown to ONE 166: Qatar begins, anticipation reaches a fever pitch. With Pacio's redemption story adding an extra layer of intrigue to the already action-packed event, fans can expect nothing short of a night filled with adrenaline-pumping moments and unforgettable displays of martial arts prowess.

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