Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio’s striking looked world-class in his most recent ONE Championship match-up last weekend, but he believes there are still plenty of things he needs to tighten up.
The former ONE Flyweight World Champion returned to his winning ways following a unanimous decision victory over Kim Kyu Sung at ONE: Enter the Dragon, which took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, May 17.
The Benguet native used his clinical striking and masterful counter-punches to overcome the towering South Korean’s height and reach advantage.
It was an impressive performance, to say the least.
However, the 30-year-old Team Lakay standout is still displeased with his overall performance, as he feels there is still plenty to improve in his arsenal.
“I need to work on my wrestling and jiu-jitsu more – that was evident. Striking wise, I think I could work on my timing so I can dictate the pace of the match,” he explained.
“When I strike, I want it to land perfectly. I know that we’re the best in striking, and if I was just better in timing it against Kim, I could have gotten the knockout.”
Eustaquio also attempted to score several takedowns, but was unable to find success in getting Kim to the mat.
While he has certainly improved his grappling throughout the years, “Gravity” is far from satisfied with his current progress.
The Filipino does not wish to be a jiu-jitsu black belt; instead, he simply wants to master the basics of “the gentle art.”
“Part of dictating the pace of the match is having the confidence to take the fight to the ground. At least when the match is on the ground, I’ll have jiu-jitsu in my arsenal, and that’s why I also want to master it,” Eustaquio said.
“In jiu-jitsu, we only rely on the basics. It’s not necessary for me to know one thousand techniques of jiu-jitsu. What I have to do is to know the basics, and repeat it a thousand times.”
While he admitted the ONE Flyweight World Title is not on his mind right now, he has a different goal he wants to achieve.
That goal is simple – to heighten his jiu-jitsu skills and use it to finish his opponents.
“If God permits, we’ll get more wins via submissions.”