‘I’m Hyped’ – Jhanlo Sangiao Thrilled To Maintain Perfect Record At ONE 164
Jhanlo Mark Sangiao entered ONE Championship with a lot of expectations on his shoulders, and he continues to prove the hype was justified.
The 20-year-old Team Lakay phenom – son of the iconic gym’s founder and head coach, Mark Sangiao – delivered another flawless performance to defeat Anacleto Lauron at ONE 164: Pacio vs. Brooks on Saturday, December 3.
Competing in front of his compatriots at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, “The Machine” needed just 1:48 to submit his foe and improve his MMA record to a perfect 5-0.
Reflecting on the quick win, a jubilant Sangiao said:
“I’m very hyped up. The feeling is different, especially since I was competing in front of the Filipino crowd. I can’t find the right words, but I’m hyped.”
The impressive first-round submission earned Sangiao a $US50,000 performance bonus from ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, and “The Machine” also received high praise from the promotion’s figurehead.
Speaking after the event, Sityodtong said that Sangiao has the potential to be a World Champion in the organization – and the rising star was inspired by those words.
“Of course, I’m very happy because it’s the boss himself who said that I’m [going to be a World Champion] soon, and I’m the future. It truly is exciting
“I’m motivated that it came from Sir Chatri. I can push myself and train to be better.”
Jhanlo Sangiao Convinced Team Lakay Will Return To World Title Glory
Although Jhanlo Sangiao delivered a standout performance to thrill the Manila crowd at ONE 164, it wasn’t plain sailing for his Team Lakay stablemates.
Sangiao and bantamweight Jeremy Pacatiw picked up wins on the card, but there were defeats for Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, Adonis Sevilleno, and Jenelyn Olsim, as well as Eduard Folayang at ONE on Prime Video 5 on Friday.
Pacio’s ONE Strawweight World Title loss to Jarred Brooks was a particularly big blow, as it was the final belt to go from Teak Lakay’s former haul of four simultaneous World Champions. However, “The Machine” thinks his famed training center can reach even greater heights in the future.
“Unfortunately, only the two of us won, but we also learned from this. We don’t always win. We can’t always be victorious, but we’ll take that as a lesson, try to improve, improve, and improve until we get back to the top.
“I know we don’t have the belts anymore, but it’s not the end. We are here, we are rising. We will do our best to get [the belts] back.
“Team Lakay has a special weapon that can take not just four, but a lot of belts.”