ONE FC returns to Indonesia for “Era of Champions” on June 14, 2014 at the Mata Elang International Stadium in Jakarta. Rising flyweight Geje Eustaquio will face Shooto veteran Kentaro Watanabe.
Headlining the event is another exciting flyweight showdown between two of the hottest 125 lb prospects in the region today as Brazil’s Adriano Moraes faces Japan’s Kosuke Suzuki.
Geje Eustaquio is fresh off a masterful unanimous decision victory over heavy-handed Eugene Toquero at ONE FC 13 – Moment of Truth. Eustaquio outworked and Toquero that night and made a statement that he is for real and he wants the belt by showcasing his game’s vast improvement.
“The gameplan against Eugene was to play the whole system of mixed martial arts, which is to use striking, wrestling, and jiu jitsu. He is known for being such a good striker and a finisher. I used my wrestling as an advantage as well as my speed on that fight.”
Eustaquio has plans to give the fans another breathtaking perforamance as he welcomes dangerous Kentaro Watanabe in the Singapore-based MMA promotion on June 14th in Indonesia in a possible flyweight title challenger eliminator match which is widely regarded as one of the most anticipated fights of the night.
“I have seen his videos, his hidden fight videos and we are thankful for a friend who helped us access to those videos of him. He likes waiting and looks to capitalize on his opponent’s mistakes. He also has very good jiu jitsu, wrestling, and ground and pound.”
Eustaquio is known for being a tactician. He is a fighter who calculates everything inside the cage when he is fighting. He just does not throw punches for nothing, he consider the game as a chess match and he believes that being calm and smart are two things to consider in MMA.
“I think having presence of mind and fighting smart are to of the most important ingredients when it comes to fighting. I have seen a lot of strong guys who can lift heavy weights and they can unleash some of the strongest punches out there, but when it comes to fight night, they can’t manage to survive a few rounds. So being smart in a fight is arguably the most important thing when it comes to fighting.”
The Baguio-based Eustaquio is hoping that after a win over Watanabe he will finally get his chance to fight for the title.
“My camp also expects that if I am going to come out victorious for this fight, the next fight will be a title shot. So I have to do my best this time. I need to give it all for this fight if I want a title shot.”
As usual, Eustaquio is preparing in Baguio City, Philippines alongside fellow Team Lakay fighters Mark Eddiva, Honorio Banario, Crisanto Pitpitunge, Troy Bantiag, and some other young up and comers from Baguio.
“The preparation this time is, I think, that we are training much smarter. The intensity is not that hard, it is just we are focused more on techniques for this fight.”
Eustaquio knows that Watanabe has speed and strength, but one thing’s for sure, he has the willpower to become the champion and he will do anything to get the belt.
“Expect this fight to be a fight of the night.”