Pacatiw believes he has right mindset, game plan ahead of debut fight

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Promotional newcomer Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw of the famed Team Lakay is ready to make his ONE Championship debut China’s “The Ghost” Chen Rui.

Their three-round bantamweight mixed martial arts contest is scheduled during ONE: BATTLEGROUND which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Friday, 30 July.

In Chen, Pacatiw takes on a ONE Championship veteran with a penchant for scoring highlight-reel finishes. Chen is the ONE Jakarta Bantamweight Tournament Champion, and like Pacatiw, is looking to make a statement.

Pacatiw is definitely not taking his opponent lightly but is also confident the strategy he’s come up with in camp will be crucial in scoring a victory in his promotional debut.

“I’m not underestimating him one bit. I know he’s an explosive finisher with good experience. But we’re coming into this with a great game plan, as always. I can’t say how this will end. This is MMA and anything can happen. It could be a knockout or a submission. You’ll see on July 30th”, he said.

“The Juggernaut” recognizes the legitimate threat Chen poses.

“He’s a dangerous fighter. Everyone in this promotion is. But we prepared everything for this fight. Everything. I’m fully prepared to showcase all that we’ve worked on for this fight,” Pacatiw said.

From the looks of it, Pacatiw has set his mindset right ahead of the fight.

“There’s a lot of pressure on me to perform, especially since it’s my first time in the Circle,” Pacatiw said. “I just have to relax and stay focused for this fight and everything is going to be alright. It’s time to shine.”

The 25-year-old is the latest member of the Baguio City-based martial arts faction to join the world’s largest martial arts organization. He is in for his first fight in ONE Championship and says he had no double takes signing with the organization.

“Signing that contract with ONE Championship felt great. I just couldn’t describe how happy I am to be a part of the largest martial arts organization in the world. It’s truly an honor. At the same time, I’m looking forward to many incredible challenges in the future,” Pacatiw said.

“I like the way ONE Championship treats its athletes with respect. The organization promotes its vision of good human values, and that’s the reason why I never had second thoughts joining ONE. Honestly, it was my long time dream that just turned real.”

ONE: BATTLEGROUND marks ONE Championship’s much-anticipated return in the second half of 2021. In the main event, Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao defends his ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title against young phenom Prajanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym.

In the co-main event, former two-division ONE World Champion Aung La N Sang takes on Leandro Ataides in a pivotal middleweight clash.

Also featured on the card are highly regarded female atomweights Ritu Phogat and Victoria Lee, who will see action against separate opponents.

By Armando M. Bolislis