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Sangiao stakes clean slate against unbeaten Argentinian

THE MACHINE 2 IN THAILAND. The young Jhanlo Mark Sangiao in Bangkok, Thailand in an early run before his Saturday fight against Matias Farinelli of Argentina. Team Lakay Photo

It’s D-Day for the youngest fighter in the Team Lakay stable as he takes on an unbeaten Argentinian tomorrow at the Thai capital of Bangkok Saturday after fights of two team mates Friday night.

Jhanlo Mark Sangiao, the namesake of Team Lakay founder and head coach, will square off with Matias Farinelli of Argentina, in a match that has been sidelined for four months. The two were booked to fight last December but fell through due to unforeseen circumstance. Sangiao is coming off from a big win in the December 3 return of Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts stage where he came out with a big win on Anacleto Lauron to claim the US$50,000 bonus.

The son of Team Lakay founder, who also inherited the monicker The Machine, seeks to win number three in the biggest mixed martial arts stage against the “El Rasta” in a three round bantamweight in the ONE Fight Night 9: Nong-o vs Haggerty. The younger Sangiao has won five professional fights with four coming via submission and one from knockout. Farinelli, who is from the world-recognized Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand, carries a similar 5-0 win-loss card but all his wins came via submission. The two fighters were supposed to square off during the ONE 164 but the Argentinian was diagnosed with Covid-19 and so Lauron was taken in as a replacement. Joining Sangiao in the card at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in the Thai caital of Bangkok is Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga who will face Brazilian Julie Mezabarba in women’s atomweight.

Zamboanga (9-2) rebounded from back-to-back losses with a razor-thin split decision win over China’s Lin Heqin at ONE Fight Night 5 also on December 3 last year. Mezabarba carries a 9-4 win-loss card and is on a two game losing streak including a split decision loss to Team Lakay’s Jenelyn Olsim in  June 3 last year. ONE Fight Night 9 is headlined by the bantamweight muay Thai fight between Nong-o Gaiyanghadao and Jonathan Haggerty. The co-main events feature the strawweight showdown between Bokang Masunyane and Hiroba Minowa and bantamweight muay Thai face off of Ferrari Fairtex and Felie Lobo. The announced bout has Meng Bo facing Dayane Cardoso in women’s strawweight. The fight comes up after the fights of Adonis Sevilleno and Carlos Alvarez. Sevillano, called “The Lion” hopes to bounce back after his December 3 debut defeat to The T-Rex, Dennis Zamboanga.

Sevilleno will be facing the Road to ONE: Mongolia winner, Enkh Orgi while Carlos “Limitless” Alvarez will be having his International MMA Debut against Reza Abasi of Iran. The three fighters left Tuesday for Thaliand with coaches Mark Sangiao and Rogelio Capan. Last April 14, the older Sangiao received the Cordillera Athletes Recognition for Excellence as sportsman of the year awardee from Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas. The younger Sangiao, as well as Jeremy Pacatiw, who also won a US$50,000 bonus in the December 3 Manila showdown, and top bantamweight contender Stephen Loman, were also honored with citations in the same awards held in Newtown Plaza in Bauio. Pigeon Lobien

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