ONE: Geje Eustaquio would rather not have to fight teammate Danny Kingad

Santino Honasan on Jun 25, 2018 03:36 PM
Eustaquio would rather not have to fight teammate Kingad
TOP DOGS AT FLYWEIGHT: ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio and top flyweight contender Danny Kingad sparring back in 2016

When ONE Championship: Pinnacle of Power ended last Saturday at the Studio City Events Center in Macau, it was clear that two of the top guys in the promotion’s flyweight division belonged to famed Baguio-based MMA stable Team Lakay.

In the main event, Geje Eustaquio unified the ONE Championship Flyweight World titles with a Split Decision win over former two-time champion Adriano Moraes, while earlier in the night, teammate and former title contender Danny Kingad defeated Chinese grappler Ma Hao Bin via Unanimous Decision.

As Eustaquio begins his reign as the division’s lone alpha male, Kingad is building momentum towards another shot at a world championship, and a Lakay versus Lakay showdown is could be on the horizon.

This isn’t the first time that Team Lakay has been put in this kind of situation though.

During Eduard Folayang’s reign as the ONE Lightweight World Champion, his teammate and former world champion Honorio Banario was also wasting guys left and right at that same division, stirring up talks of a potential showdown between the two Team Lakay stars.

On multiple occasions, Banario vehemently stated that he won’t be fighting his Kuya Eduard.

Now, boys from Baguio find themselves in a predicament, albeit a good predicament to have.

For the newly-crowned champion Eustaquio, he believes that Kingad will have his time atop the division as well, but also understands that at the end of the day, they are in a business.

“For me, Danny is very young in this sport, he’ll have his time.” Eustaquio said after his title win. “But I have to admit, we’re in a company. If the boss says we fight, then let’s do this.”

It’s a realistic point of view from Eustaquio. Should ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong and the matchmakers lay down a mandate for Eustaquio and Kingad, then we might see it happen.

Kingad has already said that he’d have no problem playing gatekeeper to Eustaquio. He also proposed an interesting, yet unlikely scenario where in both he and his Kuya Geje both have world titles in the flyweight division.

Still, Team Lakay is a family, and Eustaquio has said this on multiple occassions. With that being said, one would rather not fight with family, and the same goes for the new flyweight king.

“As much as possible, I don’t like to compete with this kid, for I believe he has his time, he’s got the whole time in the world.” Eustaquio said of the 22-year old Kingad.

“This kid is developing very fast, rapid. You saw him the last time, he lost to Adriano. Now look at him, how he crumples his opponent inside this ring or inside this cage. He’s a fast learner, he’s growing so fast, rapidly, and he’ll have his own time.” Eustaquio added.

Whether or not this fight actually happens remains to be seen, but if there’s one thing to take away from all this, it’s that Team Lakay could be ruling ONE Championship’s flyweight division for the years to come, one way or another.

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