Losing the ONE Flyweight World Title may be a bitter pill to swallow for Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio but it is nothing compared to what he had to conquer in the past.
After all that he went through, this struggle is just but a minor obstacle that he has to hurdle.
“Not everyone is destined to be successful but you always have the option to become one if you want to. It’s all about your determination,“ said Eustaquio.
“We are the people of the mountains, there is no mountain we can’t conquer,” he added.
Eustaquio lost his World Title in a hotly-debated decision against arch-nemesis Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes of Brazil at ONE: HERO’S ASCENT at the Mall of Asia Arena last Friday, 25 January.
Though many felt that Eustaquio won that match, the 29-year-old warrior from Baguio City is now focused on how to further improve himself moving forward.
Instead of sulking in defeat and bitterness, Eustaquio is turning that heartbreak into something positive as he continues to grow in the sport.
“I learned a lot of things in my martial arts career, especially with my loss to Moraes. These things gave me added motivation to become a better mixed martial artist and ignited my persistence to accomplish more in this sport,” said Eustaquio.
“After the loss, me and my team went straight ahead to watch and analyze my bout with Moraes to see where I went wrong. I’ve been training very hard to improve every aspect of my game,” he added.
“I’m a very positive person and I know that I can continue my winning ways and reclaim my belt in the future.”
For Eustaquio, the loss with Moraes was just a simple reminder of the things that he needs to work on in becoming an all-time great in this sport.
“I still have a great career ahead of me, the loss will make me a better competitor moving forward. I still have a lot of big dreams as a mixed martial artist that I want to accomplish and every lesson that I’ve learned will inch me closer on reaching those dreams.”