Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio and #4-ranked flyweight Danny “The King” Kingad are both convinced that they’re competing in the toughest division in ONE Championship today.
The Team Lakay duo talked about the state of their weight class as they await the winner of the rematch between ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who will battle in the main event of ONE Fight Night 1 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 27 August.
“I think it is,” Eustaquio said when asked if the flyweight division is the promotion’s deepest.
“Legends are here. Of course, you have Demetrious Johnson, a legendary athlete. Then there’s Adriano Moraes, Kairat Akhmetov, Yuya Wakamatsu, Reece McLaren, Danny Kingad, and so much more. I think there are a lot of monsters in there.”
His teammate in Kingad agreed, noting the difficulty of climbing toward the division’s peak.
“It’s the hardest weight class. We have so many killers in the division, and it’s really hard to get into the division’s top five,” he said.
“For me, flyweight and bantamweight are the toughest divisions.”
Eustaquio further explained that the division suits most Asians given that the region isn’t exactly known for producing fighters as big as those found in Western locales.
The 125-pound to 135-pound range where the flyweights compete in is the sweet spot for most Asians, that’s why there’s a huge concentration of talent in the smaller weight class in ONE, and “Gravity” believes there’s no promotion in the world that can hang with ONE’s flyweights.
“Knowing Asia, this is where Asians truly are the powerhouses in this weight division. Most probably, this is the most stacked division in Asia,” Eustaquio said.
“When it comes to lightweight all the way to strawweight, I think other promotions won’t be able to hang with us. Flyweight is where you can find the fastest athletes, the craftiest ones, and the athletes who have the highest IQ in combat sports – that’s my personal observation.”
In the meantime, catch ONE Fight Night 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II on One Sports and One Sports+ starting with the lead card at 8 a.m. Philippine Standard Time (PHT) on Saturday, 27 August. The main card will follow on One Sports and One Sports+ at 10 a.m. PHT.
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