MMA: Geje Eustaquio loses ONE flyweight crown

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 26 2019 12:47 AM | Updated as of Jan 26 2019 11:03 PM

MMA: Geje Eustaquio loses ONE flyweight crown 1
Geje Eustaquio lost the ONE flyweight crown to Adriano Moraes after being outpointed by the Brazilian Friday night in their trilogy bout Friday night. ONE Championship

Geje Eustaquio lost the ONE flyweight crown to Adriano Moraes after being outpointed by the Brazilian challenger in their trilogy bout on ONE: Hero’s Ascent at Mall of Asia Arena Friday night.

Moraes was awarded a unanimous decision win in a battle that was close throughout.

As expected, the two engaged in a tactical battle with Moraes repeatedly testing Eustaquio’s striking skills in some rounds.

Moraes then asserted himself on the ground, but the Filipino was able to ward off most of Moraes’ submission attempts.

In the fourth round, however, Moraes got Eustaquio in a tricky situation, locking his left leg in a painful kneebar. Eustaquio was able to hold on, but Moraes still went on to win on points.

Eustaquio’s loss came after teammate Joshua Pacio’s defeat to Yosuke Saruta last week.

Eustaquio’s record fell to 11-7, while Moraes improved to 17-4.

In their first face off in 2014, Moraes submitted Eustaquio via a guillotine choke. But the Benguet-based fighter wrested the title in their rematch in June via split decision.

In the undercard, Team Lakay fighter Danny Kingad defeated Tatsumitsu Wada via a unanimous decision after a highly competitive grappling match against the experienced Japanese.

Kingad now has a record of 9-1. He handed Wada’s ninth career loss in 32 fights.

Another Team Lakay fighter, Honorio Banario, was dominated by a stronger Lowen Tynanes in the lightweight world grand prix quarterfinal match.

Tynanes’ grappling skills was just too much for Banario, who was trapped in a crucifix. Banario eventually escaped the lock but got trapped from behind by the American, who rained punches on the Filipino until the referee called a halt in the bout in the first round.

Banario dropped to 14-8 while Tynanes, who is coming off a 2-year rest, improved to 10-0.

Tynanes will face the winner of the Eddie Alvarez versus Timofey Natshyukin quarterfinals match.

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