ONE Championship: Geje Eustaquio drops title to Adriano Moraes in Manila
Santino Honasan on Jan 25, 2019 11:56 PM
(FILE PHOTO courtesy of ONE Championship)
Two titles up, two titles gone.
Team Lakay loses their second world title in six days after Filipino star Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio comes up short in his title defense against Brazilian Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes at ONE: Hero's Ascent, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Moraes and Eustaquio went to war for the third time in their careers, with the two flyweight stars going back and forth, trading strikes and takedown attempts.
Moraes caught Eustaquio in a number of submission attempts throughout the bout, but the Filipino was able to break free each time.
Eustaquio, for his part, controlled the standup game as he was quicker to the punch, landing the cleaner shots throughout the five round encounter.
After five rounds of action, it was Moraes who was awarded the unanimous decision win, much to the chagrin of the Mall of Asia Arena crowd.
Moraes claims the rubber match and becomes the first three-time champion in ONE history with his third run as the flyweight king.
With the win, Moraes is likely to face the winner of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix later this year.