ONE Championship: Geje Eustaquio Laughs Off Heartbreaking Loss To Adriano Moraes

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 28, 2019 06:53 PM
Geje Eustaquio Laughs Off Heartbreaking Loss To Moraes
"If they want me to compete in the grand prix, if that's going to be my ticket to face him again in the event he's still champ at that time, then why not?"

Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio was upbeat and all smiles even after a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of his old rival Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes last Friday, 25 January.

 

The pair completed the first trilogy in ONE Championship history at ONE: HERO'S ASCENT at the Mall Of Asia Arena, which resulted in Moraes winning the bout via unanimous decision.

 

It was an intense back and forth affair, with many fans and observers believing that the Baguio-native was well ahead on the scorecards after the contest.

 

The bout, however, did not turn out the way the home crowd expected as Moraes was ultimately given the nod after five grueling rounds.

 

"Every round I ask coach Mark and Eduard Folayang, they told me I was winning the fight. But then when the winner was declared, the first thing that came to my mind was they were joking along," Eustaquio said as he bursted into laughter.

 

"I thought I was able to edge him out in striking, my punches were able to land though our game plan was to knock him out.

 

"According to coach, my timing wasn't right because each time I get to clip him was when he was moving backwards."

 

Regardless of what his corner said during the contest, Eustaquio was more than convinced that he was up on the scorecards after five rounds.

 

He knows he landed the more significant strikes during the match, but he would rather respect the judges' decision instead of going out of his way to protest the official outcome.

 

"There were times when I saw his knees wobble and that was an indication that it was a near KO. Based on the judging criteria, I was thinking, I was able to score in that area," Eustaquio shared.

 

"But it is what it is. What hurts more is that there were two Filipino judges. What's happening in Philippine mixed martial arts? But hey, I have to stay positive."

 

Eustaquio says he would take a quick break for now and then it is back to the drawing board for him. It remains unknown what the future has in store for him, and he is willing to go through a difficult path in hopes of becoming a world champion again.

 

"If they want me to fight Adriano for the fourth time, why not?”  said Eustaquio.

 

"If they want me to compete in the grand prix, if that's going to be my ticket to face him again in the event he's still champ at that time, then why not?"

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