10 January 2018 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced its return to the Mall of Asia Arena on January 26, 2018. “ONE: Global Superheroes” is set to showcase the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent. In the main event, Team Lakay’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio will take on Kairat Akhmetov, 30, for the interim ONE Flyweight World Championship.
“This is the first in four blockbuster events in Manila in 2018, and ONE Championship is looking to kick things off with a spectacular show,” ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “Fans of martial arts in the Philippines are among the most passionate in the world, and it is our honor to present the best in local and global martial arts talent. The Mall of Asia Arena will be pulsating with excitement as hometown hero Geje Eustaquio takes on Kairat Akhmetov in a highly-anticipated main event rematch. This time, it’s for the interim ONE Flyweight World Championship.”
A top flyweight contender and former world title challenger from Baguio City, Philippines, Eustaquio is one of the most skilled martial artists in Asia and is a highly-decorated wushu practitioner. His solid striking and grappling skill set has led to huge victories over the course of a seven-year professional career.
Training in the high altitudes of the Philippines’ summer capital, Eustaquio hones his craft alongside world-class teammates at the fabled Team Lakay. He is known for his incredible ability to keep calm in the face of adversity.
Hailing from Almaty, Kazakhstan, Akhmetov is a former ONE Flyweight World Champion and a veteran martial artist with a solid 24-1 professional record amassed during a stellar martial arts career, which has seen him dominate his opponents with tenacious wrestling and powerful striking. In his most recent appearance inside the ONE Championship cage, he defeated Eustaquio via closely-contested three-round split decision.
Ticket information for “ONE: Global Superheroes” is available at www.onefc.com.