ONE Flyweight champ Geje Eustaquio gets itch to return to action

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 30, 2018 09:30 PM
ONE Flyweight champ Eustaquio gets itch to return to action
“Being the champion is a dream come true. I'll do whatever it takes to keep my title for a long time. I'll face all the challenges ahead of me, even if it requires me to defend my belt away from home.”

Following an impressive performance against Brazil's Adriano Moraes to unify the ONE Flyweight World Titles this past June, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio puts his long-standing rivalry with the former champion behind him, as he looks for more intriguing matchups in his nascent reign as the division’s kingpin.

The thought of returning to action and defending his hard-earned crown jolts the competitive spirit of the 29-year-old Baguio City native.

“Competing is part of my system. I thrive on challenges because it helps me in my growth as a martial artist. Staying active in the sport is not a burden. In fact, I see it as a blessing,” Eustaquio explained

ONE Championship’s flyweight division has often been described as a shark tank, as it houses some of the best and brightest athletes: Moraes, Kairat Akhmetov, Reece McLaren, and Eustaquio’s teammate Danny Kingad, to name a few.

Most recently, a monumental name was added to the talented flyweight roster with the signing of pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson.

To prove his worth as the one true ruler of the promotion’s stacked flyweight bracket, Eustaquio is more than willing to give any potential opponent in the 61.2-kilogram weight class a shot at championship gold.

“There are a lot of great athletes in our division, and I'm willing to fight them anytime, anywhere,” he quipped.

“I can’t wait to defend my title against anyone in the ONE Championship flyweight locker room. If they want a title shot, I am right here. Being the champion didn't change my challenger’s mindset. I’m still hungry to learn and achieve more,” Eustaquio added.

Even though he sits comfortably on his throne as the lionized champion, Eustaquio does not mind putting his coveted ONE Flyweight World Title on the line outside his home-turf.

“I don’t see it as a problem,” he stated. “Anytime, anywhere, I will be there to defend my world title. 

“It’s a tough task, but I have to step up and prove that I am a fighting champion. It’s not all the time that I will have the luxury to fight in my own comfort zone.”

Owning a professional record of 11-6, Eustaquio has a good standing in overseas matches, winning five of his seven bouts on foreign soil.

“I love to perform in front of the hometown crowd, but if there is an opportunity to defend my title outside the country, it won't be a problem,” he disclosed.

“It doesn’t really feel like I am competing outside of the Philippines when I'm fighting abroad because Filipino fans always attend our events. When they cheer, they do it as loud as possible. It gives me an extra drive to do my best.”

Eustaquio clearly remains just as hungry as champion, unwilling to settle despite now being the irrefutable leader of the division. 

“If you’re the champion, it’s true that you have a large target on your back, but I see it the other way around,” he stressed.

“If they want a shot at my belt, go ahead. Challenges are important in this sport because it gives you experiences, makes you learn, and helps you to become a wiser and stronger martial artist.”

Nearly five months after his scintillating triumph over Moraes, Eustaquio is now in deep training at the famed Team Lakay gym in Baguio City, sharpening his tools while waiting for the details of his first bout as the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.

“Being the champion is a dream come true. I'll do whatever it takes to keep my title for a long time. I'll face all the challenges ahead of me, even if it requires me to defend my belt away from home.” 

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