Mixed martial arts rising phenom Jhanlo Mark Sangiao will be back inside the ONE circle on Aug. 5 to face his toughest opponent yet in Enkh-Orgil Baatarkhuu of Mongolia.
It will be a litmus test for the 20-year-old Sangiao of Team Lakay, as the 34-year-old Mongolian is one of the rated fighters in the bantamweight division.
Baatarkhuu is an understudy of former ONE featherweight world champion Narantungalag Jadambaa, who holds a professional mixed martial arts record of nine wins against two losses with three victories by knockout and submission.
The hard-hitting Mongolian fighter is also the winner of the Road to ONE: Mongolia in 2022.
Earlier, Baatarkhuu dominated Filipino fighter Adonis Sevilleno, who is now with Team Lakay after winning the Road to ONE: Philippines edition, also last year.
But Sangiao, son of Team Lakay chairman and founder, Mark, has been exposed to much older and more experienced fighters, as he has sparred with former ONE champions in the past.
Sangiao is also a recipient of the $50,000 bonus twice from ONE top honcho Chatri Sityodtong for his impressive victories against Anacleto Lauron and Matias Farinelli.
Currently spotless in his professional MMA record at 6-0, Sangiao is ready to face the Filipino tormentor when they clash inside the circle in Bangkok, Thailand next month.
“I’ve been training tirelessly, preparing every aspect of my game for this moment. The excitement coursing through my veins is indescribable. I am fueled by the support of my family, teammates, and fans,” said Sangiao in media interviews.
“I’m ready to step into that ring and showcase my skills. This is my chance to leave a lasting impression and prove that I belong among the best,” he added. – Harley F. Palangchao