22-year-old Baguio native, Joshua Pacio, earned the ONE Strawweight belt after a unanimous decision during the ONE: Conquest Heroes international mixed martial arts competition on September 24, 2018 at the Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia.
Pacio was able to dethrone Yoshitaka Naito in the main event. Pacio was perceived to be stronger and more mature after their last encounter.
“I tried to counter his takedown and grappling but this guy is a legend, he was so toug. He can take me down but he had a hard time passing my guard,” Pacio said.
“This is for all of them. I know that the Cordilleras will come back and rise again soon as one,” Pacio said pertaining to the Typhoon Ompong victims of the mining tragedy which struck the Benguet Province earlier September.
Pacio joined ONE Interim bantamweight champion Kevin Belingon and flyweight king Geje Eustaquio as the current title holders in the promotion in a banner year for Team Lakay.