June 26, 2022


  • Danny Kingad and Geje Eustaquio share their ideas on the Adriano Moraes-Yuya Wakamatsu struggle at ONE X
  • Each Kingad and Eustaquio had their very own wars in opposition to the present champion and challenger
  • Moraes vs. Wakamatsu will function certainly one of three marquee fights on March 26

Reigning flyweight champion Adriano Moraes might be defending his title in opposition to Yuya Wakamatsu at ONE X, and their former Workforce Lakay opponents have weighed in on their upcoming bout.

Worldwide Enterprise Occasions sports activities editor and fight sports activities analyst Nissi Icasiano was capable of have an unique interview with former champion Geje Eustaquio and flyweight contender Danny Kingad to get their ideas on the matchup.

Not mincing phrases, Eustaquio was fast to reply and made it clear precisely how this struggle can go.

“Adriano [Moraes] most likely have the sting on this struggle, but when Yuya [Wakamatsu] can join his fingers neatly and cleanly, then it’s one other story,” Eustaquio remarked.

Eustaquio fought Wakamatsu in a dropping effort again in 2019 and acknowledged that the Japanese fighter has a puncher’s likelihood at taking the title from Moraes if the struggle stays standing.

“If Yuya can maintain the struggle on the ft, then he has a higher alternative to attach [with] his KO powers,” mentioned the 32-year-old from Benguet, Philippines.

Seemingly as if he was warning Wakamatsu, Eustaquio highlighted Moraes’ nice benefit on the bottom and implored him to make use of his greatest asset.

“His greatest asset is his floor recreation. He must convey the struggle to the bottom or else he’s uncovered to higher danger,” Eustaquio cautioned.

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Geje Eustaquio tearfully speaks to the gang after he captured the ONE interim flyweight title at ONE: International Superheroes in 2018. Photograph: ONE Championship

Their historical past collectively dates again to 2014 when Moraes submitted Eustaquio with a guillotine choke for the inaugural ONE flyweight championship, however the Filipino was capable of precise revenge and take the belt from him in a cut up determination victory 4 years later.

Moraes would in the end put an finish to the rivalry of their rubber match by regaining the title by way of unanimous determination in 2019.

Kingad later chimed in with a way more in-depth evaluation of the struggle, however he additionally drew the identical conclusions as his Workforce Lakay stablemate.

“It’s one of many fights that I personally am wanting ahead to. It’s a traditional match-up between a deadly submission specialist and a licensed knockout artist. Each have good qualities, and I’m curious to see how issues will play out and which fighter will get to dictate the tempo first through the use of their recognized qualities as a competitor,” Kingad defined.

The No. 4-ranked flyweight fought Moraes in 2017 and was defeated by submission courtesy to a rear-naked choke.

“As everyone knows, Adriano’s floor recreation will all the time be his sturdy swimsuit. He’s so technical and slick when he makes his strikes to place his opponents on the bottom. I simply hope that Yuya has put extra emphasis on defensive wrestling in coaching camp for this struggle,” Kingad insisted.

“Adriano will certainly combine it up. He’ll attempt to commerce strikes within the stand-up and outwrestle Yuya on the bottom. However it’s a no brainer that Adriano [Moraes] will lean on his floor recreation.”

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Mockingly, Kingad was Wakamatsu’s first-ever opponent in ONE Championship, and “The King” recalled their struggle to see how he matches up in opposition to Moraes.

“Yuya’s heavy fingers might be an issue for Adriano. Though I thankfully managed to face up to his energy punches in our struggle, Yuya stays a menace within the stand-up. He packs energy in these fists. On any given night time, he can rating a knockout,” Kingad asserted.

“Although Adriano was capable of have an honest change on the ft with DJ (Demetrious Johnson) in his final struggle, I don’t assume Adriano might be taking the identical danger with Yuya. Placing the struggle on the bottom is Adriano’s greatest likelihood to win.”

When it got here to predicting the struggle, the pair agreed {that a} submission victory was actually within the playing cards for Moraes, however Kingad was cautious to name an outright victor in the course of the dialog.

Danny Kingad Workforce Lakay standout Danny Kingad makes his return to the ring at ONE: Winter Warriors II in opposition to Kairat Akhmetov. Photograph: ONE Championship

“I respect each nice martial artists and they’re each good mates of mine, however my prediction is fourth-round submission in favor of Moraes,” Eustaquio declared.

“It’s a 50-50 struggle, in my view. It will possibly go both approach given the qualities of each fighters. However I’m positive that it received’t go the gap. It’s both a submission win in favor of Adriano Moraes or a knockout victory for Yuya Wakamatsu,” Kingad mentioned about his tackle the bout.

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Moraes and Wakamatsu will function certainly one of three marquee fights for ONE X, the opposite two being Angela Lee’s protection of her girls’s atomweight title versus Stamp Fairtex and the hybrid MMA-Muay Thai struggle between Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Demetrious Johnson.

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