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ONE: Rene Catalan puts streak on the line against former champion Yoshitaka Naito

/ 06:14 PM February 12, 2019
Rene Catalan

Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Filipino Rene Catalan stakes his fight streak on the line in his toughest challenge yet against former ONE strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito in ONE: Reign of Valor on March 8 at Thuwunnna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

Catalan, who has been on a resurgence after starting his ONE Championship campaign with two losses and one no contest, is currently 5-0 in his last five bouts.

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The bemedalled Wushu specialist aims to keep his winning trend going.

“I am looking to showcase my best form yet against Naito, a former World Champion,” said the 2006 Asian Games gold medallist.

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“Our focus in training is how to stop his takedown attempts. Naito will surely want this fight on the ground, it is my job to make sure he doesn’t get a submission when we are on the mat.”

Catalan remains unfazed by the daunting task of facing Naito (13-2), who has beaten former world champions including Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio, Thailand’s Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Brazilian Alex Silva.

The 40-year-old Catalan believes he is primed for a world title shot.

“Fans can expect a strong performance from me on fight night. I am hungry to challenge for the ONE strawweight world title.”

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