Title shot beckons Lakay’s Geje-A A +A
Thursday, June 12, 2014
A POSSIBLE win for Team Lakay's Geje Eustaquio will mean squaring off for the flyweight title if he emerges victorious in One Fighting Championship's Era of Champions slated June 14 in Indonesia.
Eustaquio will lead two other Filipinos in Asia's largest mixed martial arts promotions which take place at the Mata Elang International Stadium in Jakarta featuring Kosuke Suzuki of Japan and Adriano Moraes of Brazil in the main event.
"I'm all fired up. This one big fight that I hope I can hurdle," said the soft-spoken Eustaquio prior to their departure for Indonesia Wednesday morning.
Gunning for his sixth win in eight fights, an impressive victory by Eustaquio against Kentaro Watanabe in their three-round tussle would mean a possible title shot for the Baguio based mix martial arts fighter.
"I really want to win that's why I'm doing more during our training," added Eustaquio in Filipino.
Eustaquio has been rumored for the past months to get a shot at the One FC flyweight world championship, which is filled with top ranked fighters from around the world.
The One FC flyweight belt was supposed to be up for grabs when Yasuhiro Urushitani was scheduled to square off with Shinichi Kojima for the inaugural 125-pound belt, but he had to pull out due to an injury and was replaced by Andrew Leone.
Leone however had to turn down the bout when he injured his knee three days before the faceoff forcing ONE FC executives to scrap the bout.
The much-anticipated encounter between Leone and Kojima eventually transpired at ONE FC: War of Nations in March, but the division’s top prize was not up for grabs.
The 5-foot-5 Team Lakay is coming off a six month lay-off following his lopsided victory over Eugene Toquero in December last year at ONE FC: Moment of Truth showing off his newly acquired wrestling skills for his fifth win of his seven professional outings, three of those five triumphs have come by stoppage.
Watanabe (10-4) is a 30-year-old Japanese flyweight who made a name for himself in the Shooto organization with his lightning-quick striking style that recognized him as an exciting combatant among MMA fighters in Japan.
It was learned the winner of the Eustaquio-Watanabe scuffle may most likely face the victor of the headlining match between Moraes and Suzuki for the promotion’s 125 lbs belt.
Aside from Eustaquio, two Filipino fighters are set to compete on the undercard of ONE FC: Era of Champions, which takes place at the Mata Elang International Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Ruel Catalan (2-4) locks horns with Malaysian prospect Gianni Subba (3-1), while former pugilist Joseph Omana makes his MMA debut versus Thai kickboxer Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.
“The flyweight bout between Eustaquio and Watanabe pits two of the most electrifying flyweights in the world and One FC fans watching all over the world are in for an unforgettable night of explosive world-class mixed martial arts action,” said CEO Victor Cui.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 13, 2014.