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.
Team Encore is Slowly Gaining Mat Notoriety
When you come from an established team, building a new one from scratch can be a tall order. But Coach Joshua Abella is hopeful that Encore will pick up and reach the same level of success as his previous group.
I arrived at this relatively new gym before 7 on a Sunday morning. Apart from the receptionist, the only person I saw was a guy, perhaps in his early thirties, mopping the canvas. I was almost positive it was Michaelo “Mike” Sumulong, one of the owners.
Then the students started coming in. Looking around, I noticed that none of them were elite fighters. In fact, some of the guys started their martial arts journey right here, as I would learn later from their coach, two-stripe Fabricio purple belt, Joshua “Josh” Abella.
This is a stark contrast from the previous gyms we have featured where hardened fighters enter the premises day in and day out. Here, I see men who train almost as hard as they work for their families, and are willing to test their skills in competition. Yet their coach, himself an active jiu-jitsu competitor, encourages them to focus on improving without thinking too much of competing.