— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) June 23, 2018
Filipino Mixed Martial Arts fighter Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio delivered on his promised performance of a lifetime, defeating rival Brazilian Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes with a split-decision win for the title of ONE Flyweight World Champion at the City Studio Event Center in Macau.
Baguio native Eustaquio was the interim titleholder at the start of the bout which ended after five rounds. The victory redeemed the Filipino MMA fighter four years after he lost to Moraes in just two rounds of the 2014 title fight.
The Filipino wushu artist thanked all Filipinos who came to the June 23 fight to support him.
“I came to Macau with one vision, and that is to unify the Flyweight World Titles, and I know I was not capable of doing this alone. I want to thank God, Team Lakay, and of course my family. And to all the fans, thank you so much for the undying support,” the 29-year-old said in his post-bout interview with Mitch Chilson.
Eustaquio’s performance against Moraes only proves the progress the Team Lakay fighters – the most decorated MMA team in the Philippines.
After five grueling rounds of exchanges the scores were tallied and the result showed Eustaquio earning the split decision victory. He had earned his reward as the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.
“Ladies and gentlemen, when I started 14 years ago, this was impossible. But now, after 14 years, impossible is not a word—it is just a reason,” the Filipino MMA fighter said to the crowd after clinching the championship title.
“Anybody can be a world champion, as long as you have the drive and the attitude. I am proud to be the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion this time,” the champion added.
Filipino MMA Geje Eustaquio improved his professional record to 11 victories in 17 bouts, while Moraes suffered his third career setback.
Review the blow by blow account of the ONE Flyweight World Championship title fight here.