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Lions Nation MMA is rallying behind Jeremy Pacatiw ahead of ONE Fight Night 21

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Jeremy Pacatiw may be coming off a 16-month layoff, but his teammates at Lions Nation MMA are confident in his ability to seize the moment.

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“The Juggernaut” returns to action this Friday, April 5th at ONE Fight Night 21 on Prime Video. There he meets Wang Shuo in an MMA bantamweight fight. The fight will be broadcast live in US primetime from the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

While some might see Pacatiw's extended absence as a potential setback, his comrades see it differently.

Eduard Folayang is one of Pacatiw's most loyal supporters.

The former ONE Lightweight MMA World Champion has closely monitored Pacatiw's time away from the spotlight. And he's impressed by his commitment to staying active.

“I still have a lot of faith in Jeremy even though he hasn't fought in a while. “Even though he was waiting for a call, he consistently looked for opportunities to improve,” Folayang told The MMA Superfan.

Instead of stagnating, the Filipino philistine dabbled in other aspects of martial arts.

Pacatiw competed for the Philippine national kickboxing team at the 2023 Southeast Asian Games, where he won a silver medal.

In addition, Pacatiw took the opportunity to expand his knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Gibran Langbayan.

His commitment to improvement has not gone unnoticed by his colleagues, including Joshua Pacio.

“I can honestly say he is more motivated than ever. You can tell by the fire in his eyes and the way he constantly shows off his explosiveness in practice,” Pacio said.

“Whether he's the one helping at camp or training for his own fight, you can see that Jeremy is striving to improve.

In fact, Pacatiw's dedication to his craft extended beyond his own pursuits. He played a crucial role in Joshua Pacio's training camp for his rematch with Jarred Brooks last March.

Pacio, for his part, can't wait to see Pacatiw in the spotlight.

“He’s been training for a long time. He was there for me when I needed training partners for my last fight. Now this is the opportunity for him to show what he has learned and worked hard,” said the reigning ONE MMA Strawweight World Champion.