GEJE Eustaquio believes that what he has is a ‘once in a lifetime’ as he looks to unify the ONE Flyweight title when he battles Adriano Moraes anew on ‘Pinnacle of Power’ at the Studio City Event Center in Macau.
The match, slated on June 23, is a rematch of their battle for the vacant title back in 2014 where Moraes (17-2) submitted Eustaquio (10-6) via a guillotine choke in the second round.
Three and half years removed from that fight, Eustaquio is confident that he won’t be suffering the same fate this time.
“I’m so much pumped for this. Me and my team are preparing. They say this is a once in a lifetime chance so I have to make it and bring that belt home,” said Eustaquio.
“2014 talagang Grade 1 pa tayo dun in terms of grappling. I have shown to the whole world how I developed and grew up. I’m confident now that I can roll with the Brazilian black belt,” he added.
Despite coming in as an underdog against the highly touted Brazilian, Eustaquio could take solace in the fact that rematches have been definitely good for him.
The 29 year old slugger out of Team Lakay is currently 2-0 in rematches, getting back at Thai Anatpong Bunrad last year before eventually winning the interim title against Kairat Akhmetov in the Philippines last January.
For Eustaquio, the key is how he always develops his game plan more after a loss.
“It’s not my first rematch. They say I’m the king of rematch. I rematched a lot of guys in One,” Eustaquio said. “They say victory is sweeter the second time around. Sa akin siguro, I usually win rematches because maybe na-feel ko na yung opponent and my development is faster than them.”
Eustaquio then vowed to push Moraes to the limit and test his ability to handle pressure and adversity, something that he believes is the chink in the mighty Brazilian’s armor.
If there’s advantage that he has in this bout, he believes that he has a stronger will than Moraes.
“I’m looking at the mental aspect. I think I have a higher, bigger will compared to Adriano. I have a lot of respect, he’s proven a lot but this is my time,” Eustaquio said.
“The thing I want to exploit is how strong his heart and mind is. I believe that’s his weak part.”
That could only be possible by doing double-time in his camp and it’s something that he believes he has done heading to this match.
“The training, basic thing. We kick, we roll, we wrestle. The most important thing is this camp is a full camp. We’re enjoying every minute of it. The training is harsh and hard but I’m enjoying it because I’m with the best team in the world.”