Saruta shocks Pacio

January 20, 2019

JAKARTA --Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta  of Japan was crowned as the new ONE Strawweight world champion with a split decision victory over Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of  the Philippines in their ONE: Eternal Glory encounter  at the Istora Senayan here late Saturday.

Saruta put together a tremendous performance, scoring a monumental upset of Pacio in the man event of the blockbuster card   of the largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship.

Saruta was relentless with his chain wrestling, taking Pacio down on numerous occasions while trading powerful combinations on the feet.

Throughout five action-packed rounds, both Saruta and Pacio put forth their best effort.

But in the end, it was Saruta who was able to garner two of the three judges’ nods to win by split decision.

In a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest, Thailand’s Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy and New Zealand’s Alexi Serepisos put together an inspiring battle between world-class strikers.

All three judges however,  scored the bout in favor of Mongkolpetch to win by unanimous decision.            Singapore’s Christian “The Warrior” Lee turned in a dominant performance over the Philippines’ Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, finishing the Filipino Team Lakay veteran in the first round

After a brief exchange on the feet, Lee took matters to the ground and worked himself into full mount. From top, Lee pounded Kelly with downward strikes until the referee called a halt to the contest.    

In other results, Indian wushu champion Puja “The Cyclone” Tomar scored an upset victory when she defeated hometown hero Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol of Indonesia; and English Muay Thai champion Jonathan “The General” Haggerty was impressive in his ONE Super Series debut as he outstruck Italy’s Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri to earn a unanimous decision win.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Bruno “Puccibull” Pucci of Brazil earned the biggest victory of his career thus far,   submitting former ONE Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu “No Face” Boku of Japan in the first round of their featherweight clash.

Pucci was relentless in his pursuit of the takedown, pushing Boku to the fence until finally putting the Japanese veteran on his back.

Once on the ground, Pucci put on a grappling clinic, dominating Boku.