ONE Championship: Eustaquio pressured and motivated to remain champion after Pacio loss
Santino Honasan on Jan 22, 2019 06:53 PM
"Itís pressure and at the same time, motivation for me to keep going" - Geje Eustaquio
Friday night, reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio will be putting his title on the line against Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes in a trilogy match, which will serve as the main event for ONE: Hero's Ascent on Friday, January 25th at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Eustaquio's title defense will be the second world title defense for Team Lakay in a span of six days, with Joshua Pacio coming up short in his ONE Strawweight World Championship defense against Japan's Yosuke Saruta at ONE: Eternal Glory in Jakarta just last Saturday.
Now, Eustaquio admits that the pressure is there for him to retain the belt, but Pacio's loss has also served as a bit of motivation.
"It’s pressure and at the same time, motivation for me to keep going," Eustaquio said at the media scrum during Tuesday's official ONE: Hero's Ascent press conference at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom in Manila. "There’s still the flyweight title to defend for the team, and I have to do my best to retain that title."
For the third time in his career, Eustaquio will be facing Moraes in a title bout, and it will be the first trilogy match in ONE Championship's seven-year history.
Back when they first met in 2014, Eustaquio lost via second round submission in what was the inaugural ONE Flyweight World Championship bout. In their rematch in 2018, Eustaquio gained a measure of revenge by edging Moraes out to unify the ONE Flyweight World Championship and even their series up.
Eustaquio says that he's looking to finish things this time around.
"This is a world championship platform, so if I have the chance, I’m going to grab it. If I have the chance to knock him out, I’ll knock him out. I wouldn’t let the chance slip away," said Eustaquio.
The 29-year old says he believes that Moraes will be hungrier and more motivated in this third installment of their rivalry.
"I believe that he’s coming hungrier, he’s coming a better fighter compared than the last time that we fought. That’s the thing I’m looking forward to, and I’m ready, and the camp prepared for this show."