MMA: Jhanlo Sangiao ready to banner new breed of Team Lakay fighters

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) – Nineteen-year-old mixed martial arts rising star Jhanlo Sangiao hopes to continue the winning tradition of famed Cordillera-based MMA stable Team Lakay.

Sangiao, whose father Mark is the founder and head coach of Team Lakay, banners the new breed of fighters that include recent ONE Championship debutants Jeremy Pacatiw and Jenelyn Olsim.

The younger Sangiao says that while he waits for his own debut in the circle, he is working hard to improve every facet of his sport as he wants to be known as an all-around fighter.

"Before, we were only known as strikers who came from the mountains. But now, things have changed. We are consistently trying our best to improve our grappling game and wrestling moves so that we have all the weapons when we go to the battlefield," he said in a statement.

Sangiao, dubbed "The Machine," takes inspiration from Pacatiw and Olsim's successful foray in the ONE Championship in working to be a well-rounded fighter.

The Benguet-based Sangiao shared that he has a close relationship with Pacatiw, since they are frequent sparring partners for each other's training camps. They also joined the world's largest martial arts organization at the same time earlier this year.

"Training with Jeremy is fun because he doesn't only train with you but he also teaches the small details of the techniques he uses. He's the guy that doesn't only want to learn the skill but also wants to master it, and following his lead really is huge for my personal development," Sangiao stated.

Pacatiw earned a unanimous decision win over "The Ghost" Chen Rui in his maiden fight in the ONE: Battlecard event last month.

Meanwhile, Olsim delighted fans with two impressive wins against top talents Maira Mazar and Bi Nguyen this year.

"You can only expect that a more improved Team Lakay breed is coming. We're all hungry and I, for one, am a hungry warrior, one who is sharpening his skills to deliver a good fight and here to entertain the fans," Sangiao said.