[PHOTOS] Philippines vs Japan: Geje Eustaquio, Yuya Wakamatsu fight at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

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The Philippines and Japan were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. It was the third ONE Championship event in 2019 that took place in the Philippines.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the eighth bout of the evening, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30, of the Philippines faced Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 24, of Japan.

Including the Philippines and Japan, 12 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

Eustaquio was one of the five hometown heroes on the card. Wakamatsu was one of the six representatives of Japan.

Blue Corner

Wakamatsu is training out of Tribe Tokyo MMA in Tokyo, Japan. Born in Nerima, Tokyo on February 9, 1995, He has been competing professionally since 2015.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Wakamatsu’s third ONE Championship bout. He was coming out of a guillotine choke submission loss to Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of the U.S.

Red Corner

Eustaquio is training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. Competing professionally since 2011, he is a former ONE Flyweight World Champion.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Eustaquio’s 16th ONE Championship bout. He was coming out of a unanimous decision victory over Kyu Sung Kim, 26, of South Korea.


Eustaquio and Wakamatsu competed in an MMA match in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix reserve bout. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the flyweight contest after 1 minute and 59 seconds in the first round. Wakamatsu knocked out Eustaquio via punches.

Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved the professional MMA record of Wakamatsu to 11 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Eustaquio now has 12 wins and 8 losses.

Check the complete “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” results on Conan Daily. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the press conference:

Edward Kelly inspired by Team Lakay brothers Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, Geje Eustaquio, Danny Kingad

Edward Kelly (© ONE Championship)
Edward Kelly (© ONE Championship)

Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 35, of the Philippines is highly motivated to face “The Stalker” Xie Bin, 21, of China on August 2, 2019 at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Filipino contender is competing alongside his Team Lakay teammates Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, Honorio Banario, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30, and Danny “The King” Kingad, 23.

Kelly has mixed emotions sharing the stage with four of his teammates. He said, “I feel a little pressure for me to do well in my next match.”

“When you are performing on the same night with Eduard, Honorio, Geje, and Danny, I feel the need to do well and win,” Kelly continued. “I also feel inspired because I know that I am not alone and no matter what happens, we will be there for each other.”

At “ONE: Dawn of Heroes,” Kelly and Xie will battle it out in the featherweight division. Along with Team Lakay, the Filipino contender has formulated a game plan for his upcoming bout.

While Kelly excels in striking, Xie is known for his grappling game. The latter is riding a six-bout win streak with four victories coming by way of submission.

“Xie Bin is really a great submission athlete,” Kelly said. “I know that I have more experience fighting professionally than him but I am not underestimating his skills in any way.”

“Making his opponents tap may be his strongest point,” Kelly said of Xie. “But I believe that his striking is his weakness and that is where I will take the match. I just need to time my strikes accurately and prepare to defend myself from his takedowns.”

Knowing that there are four other Team Lakay fighters on the card, Kelly feels confident to face Xie at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The Filipino contender draws strength from knowing his entire team will be there in his corner, as usual.

“I’m really happy and excited to share the stage with my brothers,” Kelly concluded. “We have done a lot of things together for the longest time and to compete together in our country is just a huge boost to our morale.”

Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Kelly and his Team Lakay brothers:

[PHOTOS] South Korea vs Philippines: Kim Kyu Sung, Geje Eustaquio fight at ‘ONE: Enter the Dragon’ in Singapore

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South Korea and the Philippines were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on May 17, 2019. ONE Championship held the combat sports event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which were six kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Enter the Dragon” was the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s second event in 2019 that took place in Singapore. The 10th bout was between Kim Kyu Sung, 26, of Jeonju, South Korea and Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30, of Baguio City, Philippines.

Kim solely represented South Korea at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” while Eustaquio was one of the two representatives of the Philippines. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Representing Team Lakay, Eustaquio has been competing professionally since 2011. He joined ONE Championship in 2012.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked Eustaquio’s 15th ONE Championship bout. He reigned as the ONE Flyweight World Champion from June 23, 2018 to January 25, 2019.

Red Corner

Kim is training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore. He made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Enter the Dragon.”

In 2018, Kim moved to Singapore to try out for Evolve MMA’s Evolve Fight Team. His martial arts background includes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing.

Fight Result

Kim and Eustaquio competed in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix alternate bout. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of Eustaquio, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” improved the professional MMA record of Eustaquio to 12 wins and 7 losses. On the other hand, Kim now has 9 wins and 3 losses.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” Main Events

Both fighting out of the Netherlands, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, and Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 25, competed for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The latter won the title via unanimous decision.

Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Championship: Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan in the main event. The Singaporean challenger dethroned the Japanese defending champion via technical knockout.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on Conan Daily.

Philippine Sportswriters Association to honor Brandon Vera, Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio

Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, Mark Sangiao, Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon
Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, Mark Sangiao, Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon

The Philippine Sportswriters Association is set to acknowledge the best of Philippine sports in the previous year at the SMC-PSA Annual Awards Night on February 26, 2019. Four of the honorees are ONE Championship athletes training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines.

Filipino superstars Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio and Brandon “The Truth” Vera are set to be cited after claiming World Title victories in ONE Championship. They accumulated an astonishing record of 12-0 last year as the Filipino athletes shone in The Home Of Martial Arts.

“It’s an honor definitely,” Folayang said. “It’s always a blessing to be in this position and be recognized for what we do. We hope that through this, we will continue to inspire others.”

Folayang reclaimed his ONE Lightweight World Title when he defeated Singapore’s Amir Khan by way of unanimous decision last November at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS, the same night Vera defended his ONE Heavyweight World Title against Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli of Italy. Belingon finally got his hands on the ONE Bantamweight World Champion when he defeated Bibiano Fernandes via split decision in a highly-anticipated rematch at ONE: HEART OF THE LION this past November.

Eustaquio and Pacio also won World Titles the past year. But unfortunately dropped those titles early this year.

Vera and the Team Lakay fighters will be joined by several notable names in other sports which include WBO mini flyweight champion Vic Saludar and Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Buboy Fernandez. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, and Lois Kaye Go, all gold medal winners at the 2018 Asian Games will be awarded with the coveted Athlete of the Year honors.

Here are Folayang, Belingon, Pacio and Eustaquio in a post-fight press conference in 2018: