Aspiring lawyer Geje Eustaquio looks to fly Philippine flag in ONE: Global Rivals card
Geje Eustaquio is looking to add Gianni Subba to his list of Malaysian victims in ONE: Global Rivals on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena. Jerome Ascano

WHILE he remains undecided on his educational journey, Geje Eustaquio has no doubt on what he plans to do when he faces Gianni Subba in ONE: Global Rivals on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The rising Filipino mixed martial arts star, who has just finished his master’s degree on secondary education at University of Cordilleras, is torn between taking up a doctorate degree and pursuing law, with an eye on practicing criminal law.

“I don’t know if I’m going to take up a doctor’s degree or law,” Eustaquio, who just turned 27 last April 6, said after the pre-fight press conference on Thursday at City of Dreams.

But the Team Lakay standout has a crystal clear game plan against his Malaysian foe in the co-main event of the Asian promotion’s first staging in the country this year - and eighth overall.

“If my opponent will stand up with me, then it will be fireworks, but if he wants to go down, I have a lot of wrestling and jiu jitsu in my arsenal,” the 5-foot-5 fighter said.

Eustaquio leads the cast of seven Pinoys seeing action in the nine-fight card featuring the welterweight title bout between champion Ben Askren and Nikolay Aleksakhin.

“It’s a privilege to head up these guys,” the Baguio native said. “I just got lucky, but I’m proud and I’ll do my best.”

Eustaquio looks to take down another Malaysia as he is coming off a sensational first-round knockout win over Subba’s compatriot, Saiful Merican, in ONE: Clash of Heroes in the opponent’s turf last January.

Former featherweight champion Honorio Banario starts his road to redemption as he faces Vaughn Donayre in an all-Filipino bout, while Bernard Soriano and Danny Kingad look to make their marks against Su Noto and Muhamad Haidar, respectively.

In the only women’s bout, Filipinos April Osenio and Natalie Gonzales Hills face off.

Another Pinoy, Eric Kelly, was also supposed to see action, but his fight against Timofey Nastyukhin was scrapped a few days ago after his Russian foe failed to make the featherweight limit.

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