On June 23, 2018, ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines will face a submission specialist, reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, of Brazil at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power.” It will be a title unification bout, which will be a rematch between the two champions.
In the upcoming rematch, Eustaquio expects that the Brazilian submission specialist may look to focus on using his other skills. Representing Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines, the Filipino fighter predicted, “This time around, I have a feeling we will be standing more.”
“I think he will want to stand and trade with me to test his striking,” Eustaquio explained. “If the going gets rough, then he can focus on taking it to the mat. The same principle applies to me. I want to test my Jiu-Jitsu skills too, and what better opponent than Adriano Moraes to do so against?”
Eustaquio is aware of the gravity of the task ahead of him at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power.” The Team Lakay fighter pointed out, “On June 23, I have a tough task in front of me.”
“However, it is still an opportunity for me, an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime,” Eustaquio added. “On that date, it’s my opportunity to become the undisputed champion of this division and I am coming for it.”
Moraes submitted Eustaquio via guillotine choke when they first encountered each other in 2014. After the bout, each of them had 1 loss to and 1 win over former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhtemov, 30, of Kazakhstan.
As Eustaquio noted, he has evolved as a martial artist since he and Moraes first met inside the cage in 2014. The Team Lakay fighter stated,” I know that it will be different in the rematch against Adriano Moraes.”
“The second bout against Kairat Akhmetov is a testament that I am no longer a one-dimensional fighter,” the Team Lakay fighter pointed out. “I trusted my team, and in the bout against Akhmetov, one of the things we worked on was how to bring the bout back to the feet.”
For Eustaquio, defeating Moraes to become the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion would be the proudest moment of his career. For the ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion, the upcoming rematch is “very big.”
“It is the biggest of my career, no doubt. I am treating this bout as the most significant of my time as a professional mixed martial artist, but because of my hard work and preparations, all that is left is to give the performance of a lifetime.”
“ONE: Pinnacle of Power” will take place at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China on June 23, 2018. Meanwhile, watch the Team Lakay fighter’s most recent bout here: