Joshua Pacio defends ONE Strawweight title against Rene Catalan
Joshua Pacio defends ONE Strawweight title against Rene Catalan | Pic: ONE Championship

Joshua Pacio defends ONE Strawweight title against Rene Catalan

The defending strawweight champion Joshua Pacio of Philippines faces his country-fellow Rene Catalan on November 8. The five-round contest headlines the event titled “Masters of Fate”, taking place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

In his previous bout in April, Pacio (14-3) regained the belt by knockout in the fourth round against Yosuke Saruta, as well as avenged the defeat suffered in their first outing. Before that he scored a unanimous decision against Yoshitaka Naito, a pair first-round submission wins over Pongsiri Mitsatit and Ming Qiang Lan, and the second-round KO of Roy Doliguez.

The challenger, Catalan (6-2) is riding the six-fight win streak. He is coming off the first-round stoppage win claimed in March against Yoshitaka Naito. Prior to that he earned a unanimous decision against Stefer Rahardian and the second-round TKO over Xuewen Peng.

The co-main event pits the representative of the country-host Eduard Folayang up against Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu of Mongolia. The pair squares off in the scheduled for three rounds bout at lightweight.

Former two-time lightweight champion Folayang (21-8) lost two bouts in a row. In August he was submitted by Eddie Alvarez in the second-round, following the first round defeat against Shinya Aoki, also suffered by submission. Before that Folayang defeated the likes of Amir Khan, Aziz Pahrudinov and Kharun Atlangeriev.

Tsogookhuu (5-1) won two of his previous bouts. In February he scored a unanimous decision against Shannon Wiratchai, following a majority decision against Enkh-Orgil Baatarkhuu last October.

The rest of fight card features a series of MMA and Muay Thai bouts. The announced to date lineup can be found below. Other matchups are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Strawweight Joshua Pacio vs. Rene Catalan
Lightweight Eduard Folayang vs. Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu
Women’s Atomweight Stamp Fairtex vs. Bi Nguyen
Flyweight Geje Eustaquio vs. Toni Tauru
Strawweight Yoshitaka Naito vs. Pongsiri Mitsatit
Featherweight Jae Woong Kim vs. Emilio Urrutia
Flyweight Kim Kyu Sung vs. Akihiro Fujisawa
Flyweight Roshan Mainam vs. Khon Sichan

Muay Thai
Bantamweight Sangmanee Sathian vs. Azize Hlali
Women’s Atomweight Alma Juniku vs. Anne Line Hogstad
Bantamweight Han Zi Hao vs. Kongsak PK. Saenchaimuaythaigym
Bantamweight Tukkatatong vs. Hiroaki Suzuki