The good news for Geje Eustaquio is that the moment he has been working towards his entire MMA career has finally arrived, and, on Friday, he will be fighting for the inaugural ONE FC flyweight title.
The bad news is that to win the belt he is going to have to overcome the seemingly unstoppable Adrian Moraes, a Brazilian who many believe will not just claim the title at ONE FC: Rise of the Nation, but go on to retain it for many years to come.
Eustaquio has already been in with some of the toughest fighters in the division and has never been stopped, which he thinks could be a key factor in this five-round title fight.
“I am very confident in my stamina because I am training in high altitude place in Baguio and that is one advantage for me in this fight and I have never been submitted and we’re doing everything to prepare for his submission attempts,” he said.
Moraes is a well rounded mixed martial artist, but he is coming off back-to-back submission wins and holds a brown belt in BJJ. Eustaquio thinks this is where his opponent’s strength lies and he says he has been preparing accordingly.
“I know that Moraes is a good grappler, that’s why we have to prepare jiu-jitsu and wrestling, but I am ready to fight him in every aspect of MMA.”
Eustaquio, like almost all the fighters on Team Lakay, has a background in Wushu and he believes that this is one area where he will definitely have an advantage over the Brazilian.
“I have watched his fights and I believe my striking is superior to his,” he said.
Team Lakay is the premier MMA camp in the Philippines, but Eustaquio is not as well known as fighters like Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, or Kevin Belingon. However, he has a chance to change that by becoming the Philippines’ only ONE FC champion and is under no illusions as to the scale of the opportunity on offer at the Koh Pich Theatre.
“This means a lot to me. Fighting for a world title is a very great privilege and opportunity for me, more so if I win the ONE FC flyweight title. It is a dream and one of the greatest goals of every MMA fighter to be a world champion.”
He wouldn’t be the first Team Lakay fighter to win a ONE FC belt, Banario was the inaugural 145-pound champion, but he no longer holds that title, and Eustaquio is determined to bring some more silverware back to Baguio.
“It would be an honor and pride for Team Lakay. This will be the second title that a Team Lakay fighter will have in ONE FC and I will be honored to give my team and my country another title in Asia’s best MMA promotion.”
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