Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines and Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, of Brazil stood opposite each other for the first time at “ONE: Rise of the Kingdom” in September 2014 when the two collided for the inaugural ONE Flyweight World Championship. The Brazilian fighter won the title derailing his Filipino opponent’s championship aspirations.
At “ONE: Rise of the Kingdom,” Moraes found a way to counteract Eustaquio’s striking prowess in the second round. The former then forced the latter to wave the white flag with a guillotine choke.
Eustaquio admitted that it was a tough defeat to digest, but he pointed out that he took a lot away from it by viewing it as a learning curve. He said, “That loss has taught me a lot.”
“Ever since then, I have worked extensively in improving in all areas,” Eustaquio added. “I have worked extremely hard to get to this point because deep inside, I knew we would meet again. Now I can finally give him a better fight.”
While Moraes is still the reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion, Eustaquio went on to become the ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion. On June 23, 2018, they will face each other again in the co-main event of “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China.
As Eustaquio declared, he has grown tremendously as he has matured and expanded his skill set since his initial meeting with Moraes almost four years ago. The Filipino fighter noted, “There were lots of trials and challenges.”
“My path was not the easiest, but I always knew what I had to do to achieve it,” Eustaquio continued. “Like I always say, it’s either you win or you learn. I learned from my past failures and here I am today. That’s the secret to my success.”
On January 26, 2018, Eustaquio captured the ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion title by defeating Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhtemov,, 30, of Kazakhstan at “ONE: Global Supeheroes” in a rematch. Watch the bout here: