Team Lakay holding own against best stables in the world

Santino Honasan on Jun 22, 2018 10:55 AM
Team Lakay holding own against best stables in the world
“The good thing with Team Lakay, we’re family. We always make sure everybody’s growing up, we make sure humility is at its best.”

Baguio-based martial arts stable Team Lakay has already itself themselves as one of, if not the best MMA team in the Philippines.

With guys like Honorio Banario, Eduard Folayang, and Stephen Loman on their roster, the camp has produced a number of world champions in notable MMA promotions and are still looking to develop even more.

Saturday evening at the Studio City Events Center in Macau, Team Lakay has the golden opportunity to bring home yet another world championship as interim titleholder Geje Eustaquio challenges reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes in a title unification bout.

On fight night, it’ll be Eustaquio and Team Lakay versus Moraes and American Top Team, one of the best camps in the MMA world, responsible for molding champions like Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, and many others.

In his previous bout, Eustaquio took on former champion Kairat Akhmetov, who spent time training at the famed Jackson’s MMA camp in New Mexico, responsible for making champions like Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, and Holly Holm to name a few.

Obviously, Jackson’s and ATT are two of the best camps in the world, but Eustaquio believes that his La Trinidad-located home gym can compete with the top camps all over the globe.

“At Team Lakay, we have the ingredients.” Eustaquio said during a press luncheon, Thursday morning. “In the mountains, we don’t have [Brazilian Jiu Jitsu] champions, we don’t have olympian wrestlers, we have champion strikers.”

The last thing Geje mentioned, striking, has always been Team Lakay’s bread and butter, but in the past few years, they’ve shown exponential improvement on the grappling end, as showcased by Folayang’s grappling defense in his title clinching win over MMA and grappling legend Shinya Aoki, and Eustaquio’s dominant win over Akhmetov.

Team Lakay’s improvement in wrestling and grappling is the product of their commitment to improve by reaching out for help and it has certainly paid off.

For Eustaquio, Team Lakay is family.

“The good thing with Team Lakay, we’re family. We always make sure everybody’s growing up, we make sure humility is at its best.”

“Not always about Jiu Jitsu or wrestling. I’m always surrounded by world champions, these guys always learn everyday. Through the learning of our teammates we share, we are globally competitive” Eustaquio added.

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