By The Numbers: Joshua Pacio vs. Yosuke Saruta

By Brian Knapp Sep 23, 2021


Joshua Pacio has been down this road twice before Yosuke Saruta in One Championship.

The Lakay MMA star will defend his strawweight title against Saruta when they complete their trilogy—each man holds a victory over the other—in the One Championship “Revolution” co-headliner on Friday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Pacio has rattled off seven wins in eight appearances, including three in a row. He last competed at “Fire and Fury,” where he eked out a five-round split decision over Alex silva on Jan. 31, 2020. Saruta, meanwhile, steps into the cage on the heels of back-to-back victories. The Wajutsu Keishukai Hearts representative last fought on Sept. 10, 2020, when he took a three-round unanimous verdict from Yoshitaka Naito under the Shooto banner.

As Pacio and Saruta approach what figures to be their definitive battle, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:

25: Years of age for Pacio, who was born on Jan. 10, 1996 in La Trinidad, Philippines.

9: Pacio wins by submission, accounting for 50% of his career total (18). He has executed four of them inside One Championship: two by rear-naked choke, one by hammerlock and one by arm-triangle choke. Pacio owns six other wins by knockout or technical knockout and three more by decision.

1,015: Days spent by Pacio as One Championship strawweight titleholder. He held the 125-pound championship from Sept. 22, 2018 to Jan. 19, 2019, then reclaimed it on April 12, 2019.

5: Countries in which Pacio has competed as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 15-0 in his native Philippines, 1-1 in China, 1-1 in Indonesia, 1-0 in Thailand and 0-1 in Myanmar.

.747: Cumulative winning percentage between the three men—Saruta, Naito and Hayato Suzuki—who have defeated Pacio. They sport a combined record of 56-14-5.

34: Years of age for Saruta, who was born in Kawaguchi, Japan, on July 8, 1987.

6: Saruta victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 29% of his career total. His list of victims: Daichi Kitakata, Itchaku Murata, Ryuto Sawada, Hiroshi Roppongi, Kentaro Watanabe and Takahiro Kohori.

776: Days spent by Saruta as Shooto flyweight champion. He held the Japanese promotion’s 114-pound title from Oct. 15, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2019.

60: Seconds needed for Saruta to submit Akinobu Watanabe with a rear-naked choke at Shooto Gig Tokyo 7 on Aug. 6, 2011. Having occurred more than a decade ago, it remains the fastest finish of his 33-fight career.

134: Combined wins between the nine men who have beaten Saruta: Pacio, Suzuki, Takumi Tamaru, Hiromasa Ougikubo, Mamoru Yamaguchi, Ryuichi Miki, Tatsuya Nakashima, Nozomi Otsuka and Kota Funaki. They boast a cumulative record of 134-45-17 (.684).
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