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Yosuke Saruta Steps In To Challenge Joshua Pacio For World Title

December 19, 2018

Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta has answered the call to face Joshua “The Passion” Pacio at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY.

The Japanese star will challenge for the Filipino’s ONE Strawweight World Title on a month’s notice at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on 19 January.

In a technical grappling showcase, Yosuke Saruta outduels Alex Silva to claim a unanimous decision victory!

In a technical grappling showcase, Yosuke Saruta outduels Alex Silva to claim a unanimous decision victory!Watch the full event LIVE & FREE on the ONE Super App http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast.

Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, December 7, 2018

Saruta earned his chance to challenge for the top prize in martial arts after a stunning debut performance in ONE Championship earlier this month.

At ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS, the 31-year-old dominated Alex “Little Rock” Silva over three rounds to pick up a unanimous decision victory.

He kept a relentless pace throughout the match’s 15-minute duration and showed off his skills in all areas of martial arts to consign the former ONE Strawweight World Champion to a stunning defeat.

Though this was “Tobizaru’s” first achievement on the global stage for martial arts, he is no flash in the pan. The representative of Wajutsu Keishukai Hearts gym boasts a record of 18-8-3, and reigned as the Shooto Strawweight World Champion before he came to ONE.

Joshua Pacio's career-defining World Title victory

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Posted by ONE Championship on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pacio will make his first defense as World Champion in Jakarta.

The Team Lakay product captured the belt with a unanimous decision win in a rematch against Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito at ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES in September.

He was one of four of his gym’s representatives to win gold in 2018.