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ONE: Eustaquio delivers lone victory for Team Lakay

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ONE: Eustaquio delivers lone victory for Team Lakay

SHARP. Geje Eustaquio (right) proves to be on target against Korean opponent Song Min Jong.

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Geje Eustaquio picks up an impressive decision victory as two other Filipinos fold in ONE: Inside the Matrix III

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio (14-8) delivered the lone win for Team Lakay in ONE: Inside the Matrix III as he picked up a decision victory against the “Running Man” Song Min Jong (11-8) on Friday, November 13 at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Eustaquio, the former ONE flyweight champion, looked sharp all throughout the fight and threw a variety of well-paced and timed strikes in the first two rounds, just enough to frustrate his Korean foe.

Song, despite getting outclassed while on their feet, had his moment in the final round where he tried to submit the 31-year-old Filipino in the last minute of the fight. But Eustaquio scrambled his way out of the choke and survived Song’s late resurgence.

Eustaquio got his second straight victory – his first win streak since relinquishing his title to reigning champion Adriano Moraes back in January  2019. 

While Eustaquio managed to get his hand raised in the middle of the cage, his two teammates from Team Lakay failed to secure the result that they wanted.

Belingon vs Lineker

For the main event, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon (20-8) could not handle the hard hitting Brazilian contender John “Hands of Stone” Lineker (33-9) as he folded via TKO in the second round of the bout.

Belingon went toe-to-toe and matched the blinding speed of Lineker’s heavy punches with his kicks in the first round. But a right uppercut in the second round from the Brazilian cager sealed the deal and shut the lights off for the former bantamweight champion.

The Filipino veteran now dropped his third straight fight while Lineker called out his fellow Brazilian and reigning ONE bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes, who defeated Belingon twice in their championship trilogy. 

Adiwang vs Minowa 

In a night full of decision finishes, Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang (11-3) ended up on the bad side of the scorecard and absorbed a split decision loss against Japanese grappler Hiroba Minowa (12-2).

Adiwang displayed an impressive ground game in the opening round and took the edge with his slick kimura lock, but Minowa managed to roll out from the nasty submission attempt of the Filipino fighter.

Minowa, then, took the driver seat in the following rounds with his superior ground control and even pummeled Adiwang with hammer fists in the dying seconds of the third round.

With his loss, Adiwang’s seven-match win streak got snapped while the 21-year-old Minowa notched his fifth straight victory.

Full card

Bantamweight: John Lineker (BRA) def. Kevin Belingon (PHI) via Rd.2 TKO (1:16)

Catchweight (64kg): Geje Eustaquio (PHI) def. Song Min Jong (KOR) via UD

Welterweight: Murad Ramazanov (RUS) def. Hiroyuki Tetsuka (JPN) via UD

Middleweight: Fan Rong (CHN) def. Yuri Simoes (BRA) via UD

Strawweight: Hiroba Minowa (JPN) def. Lito Adiwang (PHI) via SD

– Rappler.com

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