After successfully defending the ONE Flyweight World Champion belt from Danny “The King” Kingad, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, is defending the title from ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29. Both Kingad and Eustaquio are from Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines.
“I am the champion and I am here to do everything I can to defend my title,” Moraes stated. “I have faced Geje Eustaquio before, and I am familiar with his style.”
Hailing from Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil, Moraes became the ONE Flyweight World Champion on September 12, 2014 by defeating Eustaquio at “ONE: Rise of the Kingdom.” On March 13, 2015, Moraes successfully defended his belt from Japan’s Asuka Mikami, now known as Riku “The Outsider” Shibuya, at “ONE: Age of Champions” but on November 21, 2015, the Brazilian fighter lost the title to Kazakhstan’s Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhtemov, 30, at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions.”
On August 31, 2016, Moraes became the ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion by defeating Kyrgyzstan’s Tilek “Baatyr” Batyrov, 26, at “ONE: Heroes of the World.” On August 5, 2017, Moraes became the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion by dethroning Akhtemov in the title unification bout at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors.”
“I know he has improved a lot since our last meeting, so I am prepared to face a different, more complete martial artist,” Moraes said of Eustaquio. “I am training extra hard to be ready for the challenge he will pose.”
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with well-rounded striking and grappling skills, Moraes is a two-time flyweight world champion and one of the most dominant world champions in martial arts. Rarely opposed, he is riding a four-bout win streak, including three wins by submission.
Currently, Moraes holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 17 wins and 2 losses. Here is a short interview with the Brazilian champ before his bout against Kingad: