ONE Championship: Geje Eustaquio vs Adriano Moraes
ONE Championship: Geje Eustaquio and Adriano Moraes face off at press conference / Pic: Supplied

Geje Eustaquio defends ONE Championship flyweight title against Adriano Moraes

Presenting its next event billed as “Hero’s Ascent”, Asian promotion ONE Championship held the press conference on Tuesday January 22. Top of the bill this coming Friday (Jan. 25) in Manila features the defending flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio up against Adriano Moraes.

“ONE Championship was built by a martial artist, for martial artists. I understand the athletes and what they go through each and everyday,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship. “I am very proud to be standing here alongside them as their CEO and Chairman. When I look at this card and these incredible athletes, I am so fired up. This is going to be an amazing evening. As the world’s largest stage of martial arts competition, all ONE Championship wants to do is showcase the very best. See you all at the Mall of Asia Arena this Friday night.”

“15 years ago I made the biggest decision of my life to pursue martial arts. No one believed that I would be standing here in front you all as a World Champion,” said the defending ONE Flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio. “But now, I have learned throughout my career and my training that the word impossible doesn’t exist. With the help of my coach and my team, we have achieved success. If I listened to those who were saying I wouldn’t make it, I would not be standing here in front of you all today. This Friday night, me and Adriano [Moraes] will make history in the first ever trilogy bout in ONE Championship. I invite you all to come and watch.”

His opponent Adriano Moraes stated that he “would like to say first thank you to ONE Championship for the opportunity. The Adriano that fought Geje in the last match, I can say with confidence that it wasn’t me. I wasn’t myself in that bout. This time, I have prepared very well for this third bout. Whatever happens, I am ready to give my best. This is going to be a good fight. I am looking forward to it.”

Along with the main event fighters, the press conference was also attended by several other athletes partaking in the event. The list included Honorio Banario, Lowen Tynanes, Danny Kingad, Tatsumitsu Wada, Fahdi Khaled, and Rodtang Jitmuangnon. The fight card can be found below.