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Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio is upgrading his ground game, wrestling

Kairat Akhtemov, Geje Eustaquio (©ONE Championship)

Kairat Akhtemov, Geje Eustaquio (©ONE Championship)

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 31, of the Philippines will fight “The Running Man” Song Min Jong, 28, of South Korea at “ONE: Inside the Matrix 3.” Training at Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines, the former ONE Flyweight World Champion is planning to showcase his versatility as a mixed martial artist in the match.

“I’m preparing with the best team, Team Lakay,” Eustaquio shared. “Every day, I’m surrounded by world champions and athletes, by world-class trainers and coaches. I am constantly trying to upgrade my ground game and wrestling.”

Featuring five MMA matches, “ONE: Inside the Matrix 3” will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 13, 2020. In the co-main event of the evening, Eustaquio and Song will battle it out at a catch weight of 64 kg.

“I have a lot of respect for him,” Eustaquio said of Song. “He is a good martial artist. He’s also made his mark in the world of mixed martial arts and has enough experience.”

Competing professionally since 2010, Song will make his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Inside the Matrix 3.” He is coming out of two ONE Warrior Series wins.

On April 25, 2019, Song submitted Alan “The Apprentice” Philpott, 28, of Northern Ireland at “ONE Warrior Series 5” in Singapore. On October 5, 2019, the Korean MMA fighter defeated Kodai “Jake” Murata, 28, of Japan via unanimous decision at “ONE Warrior Series 8” in Japan.

“He’s got good size and he has a pretty decent ground game but he’s never faced anyone like me,” Eustaquio said of his “ONE: Inside the Matrix III” opponent. “I’m a well-rounded fighter and I plan to show that in this fight.”

The catchweight contest with Song will be Eustaquio’s 18th ONE Championship fight. The Filipino MMA fighter has been competing in the Singapore-based martial arts promotion since 2012.

“I can’t decide whether I’m next in line for a title shot or not,” Eustaquio said. “Ultimately, my performances will speak for itself. My role is to train and perform at my best always but if the opportunity will present itself, of course, I believe I deserve it. It will happen in God’s perfect time.”

Filipino fight fans can watch “ONE: Inside the Matrix 3” on November 13, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. on One Sports+ . They can also watch it on One Sports on a same-day delay at 9 p.m. and on TV5 on a next-day delay at 11 p.m.

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