MACAU – Geje Eustaquio puts his focus on one kind of learning over another as he takes on Adriano Moraes in the ONE flyweight title unification bout on Pinnacle of Power at the Studio City Event Center on Saturday night.
Since finishing his master’s degree in secondary education at University of Cordilleras two years ago, the 29-year-old has been pondering on pursuing the highest form of education – either a doctorate degree or a law degree practicing criminal law.
But the Baguio native has since put his education on hold, choosing instead to focus on his MMA career that has led him to a rematch against Moraes, who submitted the Filipino standout with a guillotine choke in the second round of their bout almost four years ago.
Eustaquio has since improved and is coming off a unanimous-decision victory over Kairat Akhmetov last January that earned him the interim flyweight title belt.
But the more success he tastes on the cage, the tougher it is for him to return to his studies.
“It’s gonna be between a doctor’s degree or a law degree. We will see, I cannot say for now,” Eustaquio said in a chat with scribes on Thursday.
“Most especially when you’re holding an interim belt, the responsibility is a bit harder,” he added. “Kung before I train two, three rounds, now I train four, five, six rounds. It’s kinda tough. It’s on hold for now.”
What more if he gets past Moraes, the flyweight champion, in the main event of ONE in its latest seven-fight card?
“Actually mas mahirap mag-isip na naman if I become the undisputed champion, because once again, sabi nga sa Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility, so I have to maintain that belt and train more to maintain that belt,” Eustaquio admitted.
So for now, the kind of learning he’s setting his sights on is how to beat the Brazilian Moraes and live up to his growing reputation as the “King of Rematch.”
“He’s also improving as an athlete, nag-dedevelop siya sa ground, sa wrestling, and sa striking, but same as I. Let us see,” Eustaquio said of his opponent. “And as I said a while back, ito yung mag-iidentify which of us is improving faster.”
“I’ll try to become smarter this time, and as much as possible, push the pace of the fight,” he added.