AFTER fight fans thought Geje Eustaquio was robbed of a victory the last time out, the Team Lakay fighter hopes to have a rematch with Kairat Akhmetov in the near future.
“If given a chance, I prefer five rounds even if it’s a non-title match,” said Eustaquio.
Eustaquio yielded to Akhmetov in a controversial split decision after a controversial time out by referee Yuji Shimada in the first round proved costly for the Team Lakay fighter in the main event of One Championship’s "Total Victory" in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Akhmetov brought the action to the ground with his takedowns right at the start of the bell, working on ground and pound from top position but in a controversial sequence towards the end of the first stanza however, Eustaquio would connect on two upward kicks, the second of which rattling the former flyweight champion.
Shimada then called a timeout to check on Akhmetov after he failed to recognize the kick as a legal move, but would resume the bout shortly thereafter.
In round two, Akhmetov had fully recovered, and continued to put the pressure on Eustaquio, who exuded confidence on the back foot.
But despite the loss, Eustaquio remains upbeat as he sees the defeat and eye opener more than of a setback.
“I have to improve my balance and I really need to work more on wrestling offense because defensive wrestling is achieved through great wrestling offense,” said the former One Championship flyweight contender.
Meanwhile, One Championship announced its blockbuster 2018 calendar featuring 24 massive events taking place in iconic cities across Asia setting the bar for authentic world-class martial arts, bringing a unique experience to fans all over the region.
Apart from events previously held in major Asian cities, ONE Championship also introduces inaugural events in new markets South Korea and Japan.
Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and CEO of ONE Championship said the promotion is thrilled to announce the 2018 calendar of events.
“We have 24 massive shows planned for all sports fans in Asia and will continue to showcase the absolute best in martial arts, delivered by our homegrown martial arts superheroes. 2018 is going to be an epic year of action and I can’t wait to get things started,” said Sityodtong.
ONE Championship is experiencing a phenomenal 2017, featuring historic matchups across the board with six huge events lined up in the coming months.
Asia’s largest MMA promotions has also posted unprecedented statistical increases in social media and television reach as well as new monumental partnerships with some of the world’s biggest global brands. (Roderick Osis)