Joshua Pacio to defend ONE strawweight world title against Hayato Suzuki

ONE Championship announced the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory earlier today. Taking place in Istora Senayan, Jakarta on 19 January 2019, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of the Philippines is ready to defend his title against Hayato Suzuki of Japan in a highly-anticipated rematch.

Pacio, who hails from Baguio City, Philippines, captured the Strawweight title with a unanimous decision victory over former titleholder Yoshitaka Naito at ONE: Conquest of Heroes in September. It was an epic rematch between the two warriors, as Pacio put together the performance of a lifetime to claim the prestigious title.

The 22-year-old Filipino has shown tremendous improvement over the past few years leading up to his title reign. With the ONE Strawweight World Championship firmly in his grasp, he looks to make a successful first defence against the last man to defeat him.

Hayato Suzuki, who hails from Takahagi City, Japan, first met Pacio in his promotional debut at ONE: Kings & Conquerors in August 2017. The 32-year-old scored a shocking first-round submission victory, forcing the Filipino to tap out via rear-naked choke. Since then, the Japanese grappler has been on a tear, winning his last three bouts with the same submission hold.

An experienced grappler, Suzuki looks to replicate that stellar performance against Pacio and will attempt to claim the ONE Strawweight World Championship at ONE: Eternal Glory.

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