ONE: ‘Baguio Jiu Jitsu’ earns Geje Eustaquio a world title
Santino Honasan on Jun 24, 2018 10:45 AM
“Please don’t underestimate our BJJ, or what we call Baguio Jiu Jitsu. In more time, we will submit you guys.” (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Four years ago, Adriano Moraes would’ve probably had a much easier time stopping Geje Eustaquio, which was exactly what happened when the two flyweight stars met for the vacant ONE Flyweight World Title back in 2014.
After teeing off on Eustaquio in round two, Moraes shot in for a takedown and eventually found his way into a guillotine choke to submit the Team Lakay star.
That was a long time ago, and a lot of things have changed since then, especially for Eustaquio and Team Lakay.
Saturday night at ONE Championship: Pinnacle of Power in Macau, Eustaquio once again showed everybody that the boys from Baguio have been doing their work in the grappling department, as the Pinoy stuffed enough takedowns, landed some of his own, and defended submissions well to gain a measure of revenge on Moraes, defeating the Brazilian via Split Decision to become the new, undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.
And while the Eustaquio versus Moraes bout was essentially a striker versus grappler bout, Eustaquio says that the gameplan was to really challenge the Brazilian in his game.
“Ang gameplan ng team is to beat him in his strong part, kasi basically alam ni Adriano pag pupunta kami standup, I will utilize my striking,”
Which he did. When the bout was standing, Eustaquio was more loose and confident as he got the better shots in. But when the takedown presented itself, they were taking it as well.
“Kung napansin niyo sa training, sa polishing namin, we incorporated takedowns sa drill, yun yung surprise na dala namin if we got the opporutnity.
“The real gameplan is to stand up with him but if you get the opportunity take him down and when you take him down then that’s it, ground and pound.” Elaborated Eustaquio.
Eustaquio’s performance against Moraes was just another testament to the improving ground game of the Team Lakay fighters, who used to be known for their grappling shortcomings.
Now, they’re able to hold their own against some of the best grapplers in ONE Championship, and it’s all thanks to the hard work they put in training BJJ - or Baguio Jiu Jitsu.
“Please don’t underestimate our BJJ, or what we call Baguio Jiu Jitsu,” Eustaquio warns. “In more time, we will submit you guys.”