The Philippines and Japan were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” It is the first event of Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship in 2019.
Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai contests, “ONE: Eternal Glory” took place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Saitama, Japan challenged reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.
Saruta was born in Kawaguchi, Saitama on July 8, 1987. Training out of Wajutsu Keishukai HEARTS in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, he has been competing professionally since 2008.
A former Shooto Strawweight World Champion, Saruta made his successful ONE Championship debut on December 7, 2018 at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” where he defeated Alex “Little Rock” Silva, 36, of Brazil via unanimous decision. “ONE: Eternal Glory” marked the Japanese fighter’s second bout in ONE Championship.
Pacio is training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad. The only two opponents he lost to were ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 34, of Matsudo, Chiba, Japan and Suzuki.
The Team Lakay fighter lost via rear-naked choke submission to Naito on October 7, 2016 at “ONE: State of Warriors” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar and to Suzuki on August 5, 2017 at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China. But on September 22, 2018, Pacio defeated Naito via unanimous decision in their rematch at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta.
After five five-minute rounds, the ONE Strawweight World Championship bout between Pacio and Saruta was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Olivier Coste raised the hand of the Japanese challenger, who was declared the winner via split decision.
Saruta was relentless with his chain wrestling. He managed to Pacio down on numerous occasions while trading powerful combinations on the feet.
Winning at “ONE: Eternal Glory” improved Saruta’s professional MMA record to 19 wins, 8 losses and 3 draws. On the other hand, Pacio now has 3 wins and 3 losses.
“ONE: Eternal Glory” Co-Main Event
In the co-main event, Alexi “Phet” Serepisos, 24, of New Zealand and Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy, 23, of Thailand competed in a Muay Thai contest in the flyweight division. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.
Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Check the complete fight card here. Watch all the bouts here: