Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio has seen many different battles in his eight years as a professional mixed martial artist. Battles that helped him grow and improved as an athlete.
After dropping his World Title last January, Eustaquio quickly returned to the winning lane after securing a unanimous decision win over Kim Kyu Sung of South Korea at ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON in Singapore last May 17.
Sung is a six-feet giant, the tallest that Eustaqiuo has ever faced in his career, but the threat of being outboxed by his South Korean counterpart didn’t show in their three-round flyweight showdown, but instead, the 5’5 Filipino star was the one who came out victorious in the striking department.
Eustaquio gave credit to the knowledge he got from the tough battles he went through in his career, especially the three thrilling bouts against his arch-nemesis Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes of Brazil.
“Losing is one of the best teachers of the sport. I learned a lot from all the matches that I’ve shared with Moraes,” said Eustaquio.
“Wrestling, timing, and speed, those were the things we developed after the Moraes fight. I’m happy I was able to show it against Sung, but in the wrestling department, we have to get back again and be a better wrestler.”
Eustaquio and Moraes fought three times, which gave three instances that we saw the Filipino former World Champion improved each and every match.
After losing via submission in their first meeting at ONE: RISE OF KINGDOM back in September 2014, Eustaquio focused on his ground game and overall skillset which was evident in their rematch last June at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER where the Filipino collected his ONE Flyweight World Title with a split decision win.
Last January, Eustaquio dropped his World Title in the finale of their trilogy at ONE: HERO’S ASCENT via unanimous decision.
He may have not walked out of that rivalry with the World Title in his belt, but he’ll be walking away a much better athlete.
“The Moraes trilogy kept me in the pace of this fast-growing sport, as well with the level of competition,” said Eustaquio.
But other than the skills he developed all throughout, Eustaquio believes that there was a bigger reward in facing the Brazilian star three times.
“Those matches made me hungrier to keep chasing my dreams and helps me motivate to prove that I deserve the top spot.”