Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw is a name the fans of BRAVE Combat Federation are familiar with. Pacatiw had carried the flag of the Philippines into arenas in 8 nations around the world at merely 24-years of age. The bantamweight from Team Lakay has an impressive career record of 10-4-0, which has some major fight of the night performance against some of the battle-tested stars.
Pacatiw trains at the iconic Team Lakay which has produced champions for the Philippines. He also has completed his degree in Criminology from the University of the Cordilleras. In his latest run at BRAVE Combat Federation, Pacatiw had shocked the Brazilian fans when he knocked out the former Bantamweight title contender, Felipe Efrain during BRAVE 33 at Jeddah, Saudia Arabia.
Yet another milestone by Jeremy Pacatiw includes his 10 fights with BRAVE Combat Federation. The Juggernaut is not only the first fighter to achieve the milestone of 10 appearances with the Bahrain based promotion, but he also holds the record for the most number of appearances with the promotion.
Pacatiw is among the Filipino fighters who had competed in MMA professionally across most nations including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, India, Morocco, and Pakistan. After BRAVE 14, he became the first Filipino fighter to compete in a global MMA event on the continent of Africa. Pacatiw has proved from time to time that he is constantly progressing as a fighter adding new skills to his arsenal.
With a base in Wushu, Pacatiw has showcased powerful striking skills throughout his career stopping Thiago Dela Coleta and Felipe Efrain in impressive fashion. However, his wrestling skills and submission skills were put into use strategically against Chaitanya Gavali, Keith Lee, Uloomi Karim, and Mark Alcoba.
His bout against Karim at the first and only global MMA event in Pakistan became an instant classic and earned him the standing ovation out of respect from the fans who rooted for their hometown fighter – Uloomi Karim. If you have not watched the fight, we are adding the link below.
The MMA fans across the Philippines are eagerly awaiting the return of Pacatiw after his dominant knockout win against Efrain from Brazil. This was pushed back due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But Pacatiw took the adversity head-on. He along with his girlfriend, Marjorie Ay-yawan, started an online business of making and selling cakes and confectioneries.
The rising star is focused on his MMA career as he has the option to get enlisted a cop as his livelihood presents uncertainties during this difficult time. He also plans to continue his business for as long as possible.
It is highly expected that Pacatiw will make his return to BRAVE Combat Federation soon. However, no fights are revealed for the time being. Bantamweight division of the BRAVE Combat Federation is currently the most active with his team mate, Stephen Loman from Team Lakay reigning the division for over 1050 days straight.
The latest signings made by the BRAVE Combat Federation also makes the division one to watch out for in global MMA. Apart from potential matchups with newly signed athletes, Pacatiw is ideal for high profile rematches against the top athletes he had conceded losses against including Hamza Kooheji, Jalal Al Daaja, and Kaan Ofli.
BRAVE Combat Federation which had committed on the highest levels to support the growth of MMA in the Philippines after BRAVE 22 hosted in the Philippines is yet to officially addressed future plans for the region as well as for the fighters. Fighters from the region were active in the Middle East forging strong relations and supporting Arab fighters in recent years. This itself will make it a priority for the organization found by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa to move the Philippines to the top of the priority list alongside progressive steps to nurture promising careers of athletes like Pacatiw.
Hari Bhagirath is the former Chief Creative Officer at BRAVE Combat Federation. Currently, he heads Strategic Relations and Financial Communication for a major Fortune 100 organization. He is also the co-founder of Totem Capital, a private wealth management initiative.