Geje Eustaquio Determined To End Rivalry With Adriano Moraes In Manila

Now tied at one win apiece, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio is looking to put an end on his rivalry with Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes by having his hand raised in their highly-anticipated rubber match.

Both men are slated to collide for the ONE Flyweight World Title in the main event of ONE: HERO’S ASCENT, which takes place at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 25 January.

Eustaquio and Moraes stood opposite each other for the first time at ONE: RISE OF THE KINGDOM in September 2014 when the two collided for the inaugural ONE Flyweight World Championship.

Moraes derailed Eustaquio’s championship aspirations as he found a way to counteract his opponent’s striking prowess in the second round and then forced the Team Lakay representative to wave the white flag with a guillotine choke.

Eustaquio admitted that it was a tough defeat to digest, but he pointed out that he took a lot away from it by viewing it as a learning curve.

“That loss has taught me a lot. Ever since then, I have worked extensively in improving in all areas,” he said.

“I have worked extremely hard to get to this point because deep inside, I knew we would meet again.”

Eustaquio settled the score in their rematch at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER last June, defeating Moraes by way of razor-thin split decision to become the be crowned as the ONE Flyweight World Champion.

“In our rematch last June, I was able to execute my game plan properly and defended his grappling effectively. I was also able to score some takedowns on my own, which I know surprised him and confused him,” he stated.

“I learned a lot from my previous wars and that brought me to victory.”

Now, “Gravity” has the chance to close his saga with Moraes, and a victory over his Brazilian arch-nemesis would solidify his case as the best flyweight in the world.

“It is the biggest of my career, no doubt. I am treating this bout as the most significant of my time as a professional mixed martial artist, but because of my hard work and preparations, all that is left is to give the performance of a lifetime,” Eustaquio declared.

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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