Team Lakay goes 0-3 in ONE: Dawn of Heroes preliminary card
Santino Honasan on Aug 02, 2019 08:34 PM
Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio suffered the first KO loss of his mixed martial arts career, falling to hard-hitting Japanese contender Yuya Wakamatsu on the ONE: Dawn of Heroes preliminary card.
The preliminary card proved to be disastrous for Filipino stable Team Lakay, as they went 0-3 to kick off ONE: Dawn of Heroes, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio suffered the first knockout loss of his career after getting stopped by heavy-handed Japanese flyweight Yuya” The Little Piranha” Wakamatsu in just the first round.
Wakamatsu, who had lost his first two outings under the ONE banner, timed his shot and connected on a well-placed straight that had Eustaquio out.
The Japanese contender followed up with a couple of punches before the referee stepped in to call a stop to the bout in the 1:59 mark.
Eustaquio falls to 10-8 in his career while Wakamatsu improves to 11-4.
Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario could not pull out the win either as he lost to South Korea’s Dae Sung Park via unanimous decision.
Park had Banario stunned early after connecting on a solid left head kick followed by a glancing elbow. The Pinoy survived and was able to knock Park down late in the opening stanza and end the round on a strong note. The South Korean up-and-comer continued his strong showing in the second round as his left high kick continued to find a home on Banario.
In the final round, Park sealed the win with a late takedown and controlled the former champion as time expired.
Banario absorbs his second straight loss and drops to 14-9 in his career. Park meanwhile captures his fourth straight win to improve to 10-2
Featherweight contender Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly also had an unfortunate end to his evening after an unintentional illegal blow to the back of the head midway through second round rendered him unable to continue in his bout against China’s “The Stalker” Xie Bin. With the fight already past the midway point, a technical decision was ruled, in favor of Xie, who picked up his eighth-straight win as he improved to 8-1 in his career.
Kelly meanwhile dropped to 12-7.
All is not lost for the La Trinidad-based stable, as they still have Eduard Folayang and Danny Kingad competing in the main card.