Yoshitaka Naito - updates

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WATCH: Filipino Rene Catalan dominates in Myanmar for 6th win

Mar 09, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The 40-year-old Filipino flyweight unloads a barrage of strikes to force a stoppage win versus Japanese foe Yoshitaka Naito

QUICK WIN. Rene Catalan secures a sixth straight victory after quickly overpowering Yoshitaka Naito. Photo from ONE Championship

Pinoy Pacio secures ONE Championship strawweight belt in Jakarta

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The Team Lakay standout dethrones Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision in a rematch of their 2016 title contest

ON A ROLL. Joshua Pacio extendS Team Lakay's hot streak. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio hopes aggressive tactics leads him to a belt

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The Team Lakay strawweight aims to exact revenge on champion Yoshitaka Naito this Saturday

FOCUSED. Joshua Pacio thinks he has scouted reigning champion Yoshitaka Naito (background) well this time. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Naito sees Pacio as future MMA world champion

Oct 10, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Naito sees Pacio having a gold plated strap around his waist someday

FUTURE WORLD CHAMP. Yoshitaka Naito (L) believes that Joshua Pacio (R) will be a world champion someday. Photo from ONE Championship

Naito on Pacio fight: 'I thought I was going to die'

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Naito endures two grueling rounds before pulling off a come from behind victory at ONE Championship s Myanmar card

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE. Yoshitaka Naito (R) felt that he almost died in the fight against Filipino prospect Joshua Pacio. Photo from ONE Championship

Team Lakay coach satisfied with Pacio’s performance against Naito

Oct 09, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Pacio might have fallen short in the first world title fight of his budding career but Sangiao is pleased with his performance

SATISFIED. Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao is pleased with Joshua Pacio's performance, despite the loss to Yoshitaka Naito. Photo from ONE Championship

Joshua Pacio remains positive despite submission loss in ONE title fight

Oct 09, 2016 - 9:21 AM

It’s not a defeat I think of it as a lesson says Filipino fighter Joshua Pacio after losing to ONE Championship strawweight champ Yoshitaka Naito

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. Joshua Pacio has vowed to learn from his mistakes and increase his time in training after tapping out to Yoshitaka Naito in Myanmar. File photo from ONE Championship

Naito spoils Pacio’s bid to become youngest Pinoy MMA champ

Oct 08, 2016 - 12:33 AM

Yoshitaka Naito forces Joshua Pacio to tap out to a rear naked choke in Myanmar

FALLING SHORT. Joshua Pacio is submitted in the third round in Myanmar. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

ONE FC: Naito banks on experience against Pacio

Oct 06, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito doesn t want to be part of Joshua Pacio s history as the Filipino seeks to become the youngest Pinoy MMA champ

TITLE DEFENSE. Yoshitaka Naito will defend his ONE Championship strawweight title vs Filipino Joshua Pacio. Photo by ONE Championship

ONE FC: Pacio shrugs off Naito’s championship experience

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Pacio downplays Naito’s vast championship experience and believes he has the chance to pull off an improbable upset

TITLE SHOT. Joshua Pacio of from Team Lakay will get a shot at the ONE Championship strawweight title. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Franklin: Pacio can keep up with experienced Japanese foe

Oct 02, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Pacio is being touted by numerous cageside observers as the most promising young competitor in the Philippine MMA scene today

FIGHTING CHANCE. ONE Championship vice president Rich Franklin believes that Joshua Pacio can find ways to topple Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Joshua Pacio ready to go full 5 rounds with Yoshitaka Naito

Sep 30, 2016 - 12:26 PM

The 20 year old from Baguio is set to face Naito for the ONE Championship strawweight title

Naito seeks to exploit Pinoy foe’s ground game; Pacio not worried

Sep 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Naito and Pacio are set to face off in the main event of ONE Championship s State of Warriors card

Filipino Pacio faces Naito for ONE Championship strawweight title

Sep 03, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Joshua Pacio will face Yoshitaka Naito at State of Warriors on October 7 in Myanmar

TITLE SHOT. Joshua Pacio of from Team Lakay will get a shot at the ONE Championship strawweight title. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV