Geje Eustaquio far from done after ONE title win
MACAU—Geje Eustaquio has finally reached the apex of ONE’s flyweight division and he isn’t shy to take on newcomers who want to get a shot at his world title.
“The Gravity” won the title after escaping with a split decision victory over Adriano Moraes Saturday in ONE: Pinnacle of Power at Studio City here, and Eustaquio said he not only wants to defend the flyweight title but look for other opportunities in the other weight classes.
“I guess 2018 is my year, and everybody’s welcome to challenge me,” said Eustaquio after the match. “I’m also planning to go to bantamweight or go to strawweight.”
Eustaquio is also keen on challenging Sam-A Gaiyanghadao for the ONE Muay Thai flyweight belt.
“There are a lot of doors for opportunities and I will take the risk,” said Eustaquio. “If I have to defend this flyweight belt, let’s go and pretty much everyone is welcome but my main goal right now is to go back to the gym and review again.”
And if there’s one man who’s immediately on Eustaquio’s radar, it has to be former champion Moraes.
Eustaquio (11-7) and Moraes (17-3) first tangled up in 2014 with the latter winning the fight via guillotine choke in the second round to become ONE’s inaugural World flyweight champion.
And with the score between them at 1-1, Eustaquio feels there could be a third match as long as fans still want to see them fight.
“If the fans are not yet bored with us fighting then let’s go, but if I have better opportunities I would also take it,” said Eustaquio.
“Of course Adriano’s a world champion, we’re 1-1 and he submitted me in the first fight but I proved that I became better today and my improvement is way faster than him. Give me two or three months and I will be better than him.”