Love has fueled Team Lakay's Geje Eustaquio to keep fighting
"This is love. This is what I love to do”
Friday night at ONE Championship: Global Superheroes at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Team Lakay standout Geje ‘Gravity’ Eustaquio realized a long-time dream of becoming a mixed martial arts world champion after defeating Kairat Akhmetov to become the ONE interim flyweight world champion.
It was the culmination of seven years of hard work, seven years of ups and downs, and Eustaquio said it best.
“The journey is so long, it’s not easy.” the newly-crowned champion said during the post-event presser when asked to talk about his journey so far.
Eustaquio’s career so far can be described as a roller coaster, and the Baguio City native revealed that at one point, the urge to call it quits was there.
“There are times when I say to myself ‘It’s enough, I’m done, I’m too old for this sport.’”
“But when you are surrounded with the best people in the business, when you are surrounded by a great family, the option is not going back, the option is going forward.” Eustaquio continued.
With all things considered, the fight life isn’t the only out for the 28-year old. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education, Eustaquio can go find success outside the confines of a mixed martial arts cage as an educator.
Still, ‘Gravity’ claims that it’s simply love that’s keeping him in the fight game.
“I have a degree, I have a Master’s Degree actually, but this is love. This is what I love to do,”
With a support system like Team Lakay behind him, Eustaquio has worked and is now reaping the benefits. Now, the flyweight star is one win away from taking his place at the top of the mountain.
“Sometimes there’s a point where in, it’s time to quit, I’m too old for this sport, but as I’ve said, these people in my back, they’re good with the business, we are really family. They said one day we’ll have it, and of course, with God, with my faith in him, now this is the result.”