Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio hurt that 2 Filipino judges favored Adriano Moraes at ‘ONE: Hero’s Ascent’?

Adriano Moraes, Geje Eustaquio (© ONE Championship)
Adriano Moraes, Geje Eustaquio (© ONE Championship)

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines lost to Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, of Brazil via unanimous decision during their trilogy fight. Two of the three judges are Filipinos.

Training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, Eustaquio lost the ONE Flyweight World Championship title to Moraes in the main event of “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” on January 25, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The result earned the ire of many Filipino fight fans.

The judges who scored the five five-minute rounds of mixed martial arts bout between Eustaquio and Moraes at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” were Ian Cartwright, Joey Lepiten and Rosenberg Rosete. Cartwright is a Thailand-based Canadian while Lepiten and Rosete are both Filipinos.

“Regarding the decision, they’re pointing out that I got stuck far too long in a leg lock,” Eustaquio stated. “In my opinion, of course, I have to study the fight again and learn but it is what it is. What hurts more is that there were two Filipino judges but I have to stay positive and I respect the judges’ decision at the end of the day.”

Eustaquio noted that Moraes’s bread and butter is his jiu-jitsu. The Team Lakay fighter admitted that there were times when he got careless at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” because he was not able to defend a few takedowns from his Brazilian challenger.

“But if you saw the fight, I was the one to score even when he’s in the mount position,” Eustaquio said. “I throw punches, elbow strikes. My elbow was even in pain from hitting him in the head.”

For Eustaquio, he would have to thoroughly watch the contest again to come up with an objective assessment. He lost to Eustaquio during their first encounter but had his redemptive win during their rematch.

“I’ve been through this before,” the Team Lakay fighter said. “It’s time to get back to the drawing board. It hurts to smile but we are people of the mountains and there is no mountain we cannot conquer.”

Here is Eustaquio and his fellow Team Lakay fighters at the “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” post-fight press conference:

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[PHOTOS] Indonesia vs India: Egi Rozten, Himanshu Kaushik fight at ‘ONE: Hero’s Ascent’ in the Philippines

 

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Indonesia and India were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It is the second ONE Championship event in 2019.

Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Kicking off the action in the preliminary bouts were Egi Rozten, 20, of Indonesia and Himanshu Kaushik, 26, of India.

Blue Corner

Kaushik is a multiple-time National Wushu and Karate Champion. Training out of Pramansh Training Center, he has been competing professionally since 2013.

“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” marked Kaushik’s third ONE Championship bout. He was riding a three-bout loss.

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Rozten is an Indonesian regional boxing champion. He is training out of Indogym.

“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” marked Rozten’s third ONE Championship bout. He won his first two bouts in the promotion both via knockout.

Fight Result

Rozten faced Kaushik in an MMA bout in the strawweight division. Yuji Shimada served as the referee.

Shimada put a stop to the strawweight bout between Rozten and Kaushik after 3 minutes and 33 seconds in the first round. The Indian fighter knocked out his Indonesian opponent.

Winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Kaushik’s professional MMA record to 5 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Rozten now has 2 wins and 1 loss.

“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” Main Events

In the co-main event, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines and Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States competed in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals. The Hawaiian fighter knocked out his Filipino opponent in the first round.

In the main event, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines. The challenger dethroned the defending champion via unanimous decision.

Australia, Algeria, Brazil, China, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” Check the complete results here.

[PHOTOS] Malaysia vs Japan: Mohammed Bin Mahmoud, Hiroaki Suzuki fight at ‘ONE: Hero’s Ascent’ in the Philippines

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Malaysia and Japan were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It is the second ONE Championship event in 2019.

Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the second bout of the evening, “Jordan Boy” Mohammed Bin Mahmoud, 22, of Malaysia faced Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan.

Blue Corner

Suzuki is training out of Bellwood Fight Team. When he made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” on November 23, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, he defeated  Deividas “The Savage Sitsongpeenong” Danyla, 26, of Lithuania.

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Mahmoud trains out of Sampuri Muay Thai Gym Ampang. When he made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he defeated Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios, 28, of Greece and the United States.

Fight Result

Mahmoud faced Suzuki in a Muay Thai bout in the bantamweight division. Atsushi Onari served as the referee.

Onari put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 53 seconds in the third round. The Japanese fighter knocked out his Malaysian opponent.

Winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Suzuki’s professional record to 41 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Mahmoud now has 31 wins and 3 losses.

“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” Main Events

In the co-main event, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines and Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States competed in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals. The Hawaiian fighter knocked out his Filipino opponent in the first round.

In the main event, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines. The challenger dethroned the defending champion via unanimous decision.

Australia, Algeria, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Netherlands, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” Check the complete results here.

[PHOTOS] South Korea vs China: Sung Jong Lee, Tang Kai fight at ‘ONE: Hero’s Ascent’ in the Philippines

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South Korea and China were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It is the second ONE Championship event in 2019.

Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the third bout of the evening, Sung Jong Lee, 33, of South Korea faced Tang Kai, 23, of China.

Blue Corner

Tang trains out of Dragon Warrior in Shanghai. He wanted to spoil Lee’s second featherweight outing and claim victory for himself in his grand premiere.

Red Corner

Lee is a NAGA No-Gi Grappling Champion who first began his martial arts journey by training in taekwondo. After experiencing success in the discipline, he shifted his focus to the grappling arts and began training at Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu.

Fight Result

Lee and Tang competed in an MMA match in the featherweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee of the contest.

Coste put a stop to the featherweight bout between Lee and Tang after 1 minute and 14 seconds in the second round. The Chinese fighter knocked out his Korean opponent.

Winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Tang’s professional MMA record to 9 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Lee now has 4 wins and 4 losses.

“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” Main Events

In the co-main event, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines and Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States competed in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals. The Hawaiian fighter knocked out his Filipino opponent in the first round.

In the main event, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines. The challenger dethroned the defending champion via unanimous decision.

Australia, Algeria, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, the Philippines, Thailand, Tunisia and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” Check the complete results here.