“The Landslide” is Ready to Reclaim His Lightweight Belt
ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong announced last Monday that Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will vie for the vacant ONE lightweight world title against Amir Khan on November 23 in Manila. The announcement came about after former title holder Martin Nguyen relinquished his belt due to injury and a desire to focus on defending his featherweight title.
An October 6 bout between long-time lightweight kingpin Shinya Aoki and Ev Ting was being considered to be upgraded to a title fight. However due to the event being so close and the fact that the competitors have been preparing for a three-round fight in their respective camps, the ONE Championship brass decided against it. (Ev Ting however replied that he was more than willing to engage Shinya Aoki in a five-rounder.)
Breaking Down Joshua Pacio’s “Passion Lock”
ONE strawweight contender Joshua “The Passion” Pacio made quick work of Pongsiri Mitsatit at ONE:Reign of Kings last July 27, 2018. While it was no surprise that Pacio used his wrestling to impose his will on his opponent, pundits and fans alike were wowed by the manner Joshua finished the fight.
The ending sequence began with Pacio picking his opponent up for an emphatic slam. From there, Pacio worked from side mount to full mount with little resistance from Mitsatit. Punishing his opponent from the top, the Lakay standout took his opponent’s back. Pacio then isolated Mitsatit’s arm, yanked it back and proceeded to crank the Thai’s arm for a Submission of the Year candidate.
ONE color commentator Mitch Chilson was noticeably impressed with Pacio’s patent submission. Asked what it was called, the young Lakay said, “I don’t know…the Passion Lock?” And unlike Mark Striegl’s “Fil-Americana”, commonly known in BJJ as a Floating Americana, Pacio’s submission was truly unique – more along the lines of Phil Davis’ “Mr. Wonderful”.
“Passion Lock” Explained
Jiujiteiros traditionally secure a seat belt position once they transition to back mount. The seat belt position is advantageous because it gives the attacker the option to go for a rear-naked choke or isolate the arm for an arm bar. Pacio secured his hooks from back mount, but went for Mitsatit’s left arm with a two-on-one, using both his arms to pull the Thai’s forearm to the back. From there, Pacio only needed to push Mitsatit’s forearm up to get the submission.
ONE: Reign of Kings Lived Up to Its Billing
Last night’s ONE: Reign of Kings delivered one of the promotion’s most action-packed events with a stacked card that did not disappoint.
From epic finishes to crisp displays of technique to a legendary return (with a rare appearance of the yellow card) – Reign of Kings was as good as advertised.
However, Reign of Kings isn’t only a showcase of some of MMA’s brightest stars. It also served as an instrument to help us better understand where the sport is heading and how the Philippines is keeping up with its evolution.
With that, here are three takeaways from last night’s ONE: Reign of Kings:
Renzo’s Still Got Game
After an eight-year hiatus from professional fighting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) blue-blood Renzo Gracie had a successful comeback fight against fellow PRIDE vet Yuki Kondo.
Gracie – whose clan introduced “the gentle art” into the world – did what his family “have been doing for over 100 years: choking people.”
Round one between the 51-year-old Gracie and the 45-year-old Kondo, however, was off to a very sluggish start which prompted the referee to issue a yellow card to both fighters.
Gracie later revealed that he was studying Kondo during the opening round while trying to avoid getting hit.