Jhanlo “The Machine” Sangiao’s ONE Championship debut certainly lived up to the hype.
The 19-year-old Filipino prodigy proved he’s ready for the next step in his young mixed martial arts career by easily dispatching Paul “The Great King” Lumihi in their bantamweight fight at ONE: WINTER WARRIORS II on Friday, 17 December.
Despite facing enormous pressure in his first promotional appearance, the son of famed Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao locked in a rear-naked choke at 1:41 of the first round to give him a dream start in The Home of Martial Arts.
The bout began with a statement, as Lumihi avoided touching gloves with Sangiao after the opening bell. In response, the wunderkind from Baguio City popped his foe with a solid left-right hook combo, connecting flush on the chin with the latter strike.
Sangiao then threw a couple of leg kicks before going for a risky head kick-spinning back kick combination. He ate a solid counter left hook from the Soma Fight Club representative for his troubles, which sent him onto his back foot.
The Team Lakay prince took it well, though, and he bounced back with a leg kick followed by a barrage of left and right hooks. Lumihi impressively shrugged off those shots and briefly took control in the center of the Circle.
After exchanging leg kicks, Sangiao kept his foot on the gas pedal, using an overhand right to close the distance and then landing a takedown.
From there, the teenager punished Lumihi with punches from half-guard, which landed cleanly after he’d trapped the Indonesian’s left hand with his knee.
This forced “The Great King” to turtle and give up his back – and “The Machine” promptly took advantage by jumping onto the back and securing the decisive rear-naked choke.
The submission win improved Sangiao’s professional record to a flawless 4-0 and gave the global fan base a glimpse of Team Lakay’s future by mixing its renowned wushu striking with an evolving ground game.