One of Team Lakay standout Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio will return to the ONE Championship cage on September 16 at Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia where the Pinoy Pride will look to increase Kairat Ahkmetov's 1 loss record. The former champion will serve no doubt as one of his toughest tests. A win could position the 28-year-old Baguio City native in line for another crack at Adriano Moraes.
Most recently, the flyweight from Baguio City, Philippines defeated Anatpong Bunrad of Thailand by way of split decision last May at ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes. It was their rematch two years after they have fought in Manila at ONE Championship: Valor of Champions. Eustaquio competed as well for the vacant flyweight title back in 2014 against the current champion in the division Adriano Moraes from Brazil.
“This is a huge bout against a former world champion, it is very important to me. Thank you ONE Championship for the opportunity. I will showcase my best skills in this bout and take home the win for the Philippines. [Kairat] Akhmetov is a world-class martial artist and I can’t wait to test my skills against him. When the cage door closes, it’s time for battle. I will make sure to come well prepared,” Eustaquio said.
The Filipino will come up against former champion from Kazakhstan Kairat Ahkmetov. "The Kazakh" has built an impressive 23-1 record. Of 24 fights to date, he was only defeated by Adriano Moraes last August at ONE Championship: Kings and Conquerors.
“I am excited to get back in the cage and compete. Defeat is part of this game, the important thing is to come back better. The body is ready, the mind is strong, and the spirit is willing. [Geje] Eustaquio is one of the best competitors in the division and a victory over him will mean a lot. I have one goal, and that is to get back my title. I will take care of anyone who stands in my way,” Ahkmetov said.
The preparation for the Fight Night
in Jakarta continues!
Ahkmetov is accomplished on the ground and Eustaquio got a better skillset on standup. Team Lakay warriors train hard and train smart. They work to don't just be good at one thing, but be good at everything.
“My ground game is coming. My wrestling is coming. I believe if you’re going to compare it with others, it’s not very low in terms of performance in wrestling or grappling,” Eustaquio stated. “Honestly speaking, I am not that far behind.”
Coach Mark Sangiao and Geje Eustaquio don't let the rain or heat of the sun stop them from reaching their goals. Rain or shine, camps are happening. So let us see if there would be a different game plan going in. We all know anything can happen on MMA. The two is set for the main event at ONE Championship: Total Victory. It's going to be a big night of fights! Stay tuned!