ONE FC 20 will take place on September 12, 2014 as the promotion’s first foray into Cambodia. Geje Eustaquio and Adriano Moraes face off for the Flyweight belt as the main event.
ONE FC 17 “Era of Champions” hosted the title eliminator matches for the inaugural Flyweight Championship: Adriano Moraes versus Kosuke Suzuki, and Geje Eustaquio versus Kentaro Watanabe.
In the former match, Moraes repeatedly shot and dropped Suzuki to the canvas, and Suzuki gamely defended by trying for submissions of his own. However, Moraes constantly forced Suzuki onto defense and he finally got a tight arm triangle in the third to finish and win. In the latter, Watanabe’s dominance changed hands into Eustaquio’s throughout three rounds of puncher versus kicker. Into the third, Eustaqio’s wushu kicks became the action-presser, earning the winning decision from all judges.
Both Suzuki and Watanabe had made their debuts in the eliminator fights, and they were not pushovers. Solid records were a part of the equation, so ultimately Moraes’ extraordinary grappling and Eustaquio’s quickly developing tactical sense gave them the edge over their counterparts.
ONE FC: RISE OF THE KINGDOM TO FEATURE
GEJE EUSTAQUIO VERSUS ADRIANO MORAES FOR ONE FC FLYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
16 July 2014 – SINGAPORE: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, has confirmed that flyweights Geje Eustaquio of the Philippines and Adriano Moraes of Brazil will battle for the inaugural ONE FC Flyweight World Championship at ONE FC: RISE OF THE KINGDOM to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 12 September.
Tickets for ONE FC: RISE OF THE KINGDOM will go on sale starting 26 July.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC is the largest sports media property in Asian history, bringing world-class mixed martial arts action all over Asia, including Cambodia. ONE FC: RISE OF THE KINGDOM will feature a battle for the inaugural ONE FC Flyweight World Championship between Geje Eustaquio and Adriano Moraes. This highly anticipated bout pits two of the best flyweights in the world against each other and promises a night of intense action and heart-thumping excitement! ONE FC: RISE OF THE KINGDOM will feature a fight card that fans in Cambodia and the millions of fans watching around the world would not want to miss!”
Geje Eustaquio is a skilled flyweight who trains with Team Lakay in the high altitudes of Baguio City, Philippines. Extremely quick and agile, he is proficient in every facet of mixed martial arts. Eustaquio earned a shot at the ONE FC Flyweight World Championship by defeating the tough Kentaro Watanabe last June. He’s now set to take on one of the toughest challenges of his career in Moraes.
Adriano Moraes of Brazil is one of the most dangerous fighters in the world. His high-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and lightning quick strikes have been instrumental in his 11 wins thus far. Moraes earned the right to compete for the ONE FC Flyweight World Championship with his sound technical submission of Kosuke Suzuki, a fight which he won by Arm-Triangle Choke. Moraes will be tested against Eustaquio, one of the toughest mixed martial artists from the Philippines.
Fans in Asia can catch all the action live on STAR Sports. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
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