ONE Championship: Despite his risk backfiring, Geje Eustaquio says he would do it all over again
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 07, 2019 05:55 PM
“I took the chance to go for the knockout but it wasn’t meant to be, he beat me to the punch.” - Geje Eustaquio
The former ONE Flyweight World Champion from Baguio City quickly learned the dangers in taking on Wakamatsu, as he suffered the first KO loss of his career at the 1:59 mark of round one last Friday, August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
“I took the chance to go for the knockout but it wasn’t meant to be, he beat me to the punch,” Eustaquio said.
“I lost my position, I wasn’t expecting him to throw a straight right. In my registry, I was expecting him to throw either a hook or a cross, but he followed it up with a straight.”
After feeling each other out in the opening stanza, “Little Piranha” defied "Gravity" with a hard right hand that dropped the latter hard.
The visiting foe swarmed with a couple of more punches which prompted the referee to halt the contest in front of Eustaquio's hometown crowd.
Despite the loss, Eustaquio remains upbeat - knowing that it’s part of the game.
“That’s our gameplan, to gamble,” Eustaquio revealed.
“I’ve been facing wrestlers and grapplers for most of my career, and now it’s a blessing in disguise that I faced a dangerous striker in Wakamatsu”
If there’s one thing the 30-year old learned against Wakamatsu, it’s that one small mistake could be costly - especially against high-level opponents.
“I was really looking to add up to my knockout record or maybe finish him via submission but it is what it is,” Eustaquio said.
“In this level of competition, if you want results, you’re risking yourself of getting finished as well.”
At the end of the day, Eustaquio charged the knockout defeat to experience as he’ll use the heartbreak to become a better martial artist moving forward.
He knows that his dream of a fourth encounter with ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes is unlikely now, so the plan at the moment is to simply get back to the gym and work on his weaknesses.
“I just have to work harder in the gym, maybe plant some more kamotes, so we’ll have better harvest,” Eustaquio said while laughing.