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Igorot MMA fighter Joshua Pacio among ESPN’s top MMA fighters under 25

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Cordillera - Cordilleran mixed martial artist Joshua "The Passion" Pacio has been named among ESPN's Top 25 Mixed Martial Arts Fighters under the age of 25. 

The Igorot warrior was the lone Filipino in the chosen 25 who possessed the "most impressive combination of achievement and potential." according to ESPN

The 24-year old Pacio is the reigning ONE Championship strawweight king who landed on the 24th spot in ESPN's second annual list of MMA fighters under 25 that was published on November 16, 2020. 

Pacio has retain his championship title after defending it against compatriot Rene "The Challenger" Catalan in 2019 and Alex Silva of Brazil on January this year. 

The proud Igorot fighter from Cordillera shared a short inspiring message on Facebook after receiving the news. 

He said, "It's not I but WE. We are Grateful for this. Didn't expect this but as long as we work hard everything follows. 

Cordilleran MMA fighters have put Filipino martial artists in the international spotlight after winning several belts in ONE Championship. 

Congratulations Joshua Pacio and Team Lakay under head coach Mark Sangiao. You may continue inspiring our youth to become world champions.

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