Joshua Pacio defended his ONE Strawweight World Championship after submitting fellow Filipino Rene Catalan in the second round of the main event card of ONE: Masters of Fate Friday night.
Pacio caught Catalan with an arm-triangle choke, forcing the challenger to tap out at the 2:29 mark of the second round.
The 23-year-old champion broke free of Catalan’s submission scare to continue his control on the ground during the first round.
Pacio improved to a 15-3 win-loss record while Catalan went 6-3.
In the co-main event, Eduard Folayang won via technical decision over Mongolia’s Amarsanaa Stogookhuu due to an unintentional headbutt.
Folayang established his offensives in the first round, going aggressive against the Mongolian foe before doctors stopped the fight at the 2:29 mark of the second round.
A bloodied Folayang, former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion, suffered a cut on his left cheekbone after the accidental clash.
Folayang surged to a 22-8 card while Tsogookhuu fell to 6-2.
Meanwhile, Geje Eustaquio knocked out Finland’s Toni Tauru in the third round to enter the win column.
Eustaquio caught Tauru offguard and landed a spinning back kick, ending the match at the 2:11 mark of round three.
The former ONE Flyweight World Champion survived a submission scare in the first round and picked up the pace from that point, striking aggressively against the Finnish foe come the second round.
Eustaquio improved to 13-8 while Taura fell to 11-8.
Philippines took home another knockout win over Cuba’s Gustavo Balart, thanks to Robin Catalan.
The Ilonggo bet stunned the Cuban fighter with a right high kick at the second round, finishing the match at the 4:43 mark.
Catalan holds a 10-6 record while Balart slid to 8-4.