Geje Eustaquio managed the greatest achievement of his mixed martial arts career when he narrowly defeated Adriano Moraes and unified the ONE Championship flyweight titles in Macau, China, this July.
Eustaquio, who defeated Kairat Akhmetov in January to claim the division’s interim title, can now claim to be the undisputed flyweight king after edging the champion in a five-round contest that was decided by the judges.
Speaking to John Hyon Ko on Kumite Radio, the Team Lakay flyweight explained that he isn’t interested in waiting around for a trilogy fight with Moraes or another flyweight contender. Rather, Eustaquio wants to step it up another level and take over ONE Championship’s strawweight and bantamweight divisions. The 29-year-old also expressed interest in competing in ONE Super Series, the organization’s striking only competition.
“We can do the trilogy any time,” Eustaquio shared on Kumite Radio.
“As of now, I’m looking forward to strawweight and looking forward to bantamweight. ONE Championship is also displaying these Muay Thai all-striking bouts, the ONE Super Series. It makes me really interested to fight purely striking. There are a lot of avenues to work on.”
“I want to always be hungry. When you’re a champion it’s sometimes hard to be hungry. When you’re a challenger, you’re always hungry. I’m looking forward to going down to strawweight or going up to bantamweight, or maybe even challenge the ONE Super Series World Champion.”
The new flyweight champion also explained that he wants to get back into the cage (or ring) sooner rather than later.
“I can still fight two more times [this year] if they allow. I can fight three times if they allow it. I’m healthy and fit, I can fight anytime.”
Asked whether he believed he was winning the championship fight as it approached the final round, Eustaquio shared that he was confident he was ahead of Moraes.
“I landed the cleaner shots. He took me down and got control, but I did the damage. This is ONE Championship, where we consider the damage and the near KO. Based on the criteria of winning, I believe I was ahead of Adriano during the fight.”
Geje Eustaquio’s road to the title wasn’t an easy one. In fact, it was a long climb back to title contention after he lost to Moraes in a title fight back at ONE FC 20 in 2014. That gruelling journey back to the top surely makes his recent victory feel incredible.
“This is the biggest achievement in my mixed martial arts career. I’ve been working so hard. I’ve been working for like seven professional years and here is the product of what I have worked on for seven years. It’s been a total of fourteen years in my martial arts career. It’s been a long way and I’ve been in this sport for a long time.”
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.