Team Lakay flyweight Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio suffered the first knockout loss of his career at the hands of hard-hitting Japanese striker Yuya “The Little Piranha” Wakamatsu at ONE: Dawn of Heroes last August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.
The heartbreaking setback was just one of four losses in what would be a largely disappointing night for Filipino mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay.
Indeed, it was a tough pill to swallow for the former ONE Flyweight World Champion, who was hoping to string together back-to-back wins in hopes of returning to the title picture. Still, the ever-positive Eustaquio sees the loss as a lesson and as motivation to get better for his return to the Circle.
“Things happen, you know? In this level of competition, it’s either you get knocked out or you will knock him out,” Eustaquio said following the loss. “It’s just that tonight was not my night. I hope, and I believe that this is going to be a big stepping stone for me to become a better athlete.”
While Team Lakay ended up going 1-4 on that fateful night, they still have one bright spot to look forward to, and that is Danny Kingad’s entry into the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Finals.
Kingad bested Reece McLaren also at ONE Dawn of Heroes to book his ticket to the tournament finale at ONE: Century in Japan this coming October, opposite American MMA legend Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who was also victorious in Manila.
The two flyweight tournament finalists will meet at ONE’s massive 100th event in Tokyo for the right to be called the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and a shot at the reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes.
Being in the same division, it’s understandable that people may see Kingad as the successor to Eustaquio’s success and the next guy up for Team Lakay in the flyweight division.
The thing is, Eustauquio isn’t done yet, but he’s also fully in support of his ‘ading’ or ‘little brother’ Danny.
“I’m not yet out. I’m still young, but I’m happy with the performance of my teammate, my ading Danny, and we will really push this kid, we will push him forward to get that title, which is the Grand Prix title.”
While “Gravity” is still hunting for another reign as champion, he also hopes to see his teammate achieve the same heights he previously did.
“If God permits, he will also become the flyweight world champion,” shared Eustaquio.