Hailing from Brasilia, Brazil, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, is no longer the ONE Flyweight World Champion after failing to defend his belt from his Filipino opponent Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio in their rematch at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power.” Representing Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines, the latter entered the five-rope ONE Championship ring as the interim champion and the underdog.
With Olivier Coste as the referee, the rematch between Moraes and Eustaquio was the main event of “ONE: Pinnacle of Power,” which took place at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China. After five five-minute rounds, the Team Lakay fighter was declared the winner via split decision.
“ONE: Pinnacle of Power” marked the 13th time Eustaquio competed in ONE Championship and the eighth time he won in the promotion. Aside from Moraes, the other ONE Championship athletes who lost to the Team Lakay fighter were Alex Silva, Eugene Toquero, Kentaro Watanabe, Saiful Merican, Gianni Subba, Anatpong Bunrad and Kairat Akhtemov.
This also made Eustaquio the only fighter to win three rematches in ONE Championship. Prior to the rematch with Moraes, the new ONE Flyweight World Champion previously won his respective rematches with Bunrad and Akhtemov.
The first encounter between Moraes and Eustaquio took place at the Koh Pich Theatre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 12, 2014 at “ONE: Rise of the Kingdom.” The Brazilian contender submitted his Filipino opponent via guillotine choke at 3:54 of Round 2.
Losing to Eustaquio for the second time downgraded the professional MMA record of Moraes to 17 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Eustaquio improved his record to 11 wins and 6 losses.
Eustaquio was not the first Team Lakay fighter to face Moraes. On November 10, 2017, Danny “The King” Kingad, 22, challenged at “ONE: Legends of the World” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila.
Moraes submitted Kingad via rear-naked choke at 4:45 of Round 1 at “ONE: Legends of the World.” It was the first MMA loss of the Team Lakay fighter.
Kingad also competed at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power.” On the undercard, he defeated hometown hero Ma Hao Bin of China via unanimous decision.
Here is an interview with Eustaquio months before he became a champion: