• Team Lakay fighters shine in ONE MMA

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    Geje Eustaquio throws a roundhouse kick against Malaysian Gianni Subba in ONE: Global Rivals on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Geje Eustaquio throws a roundhouse kick against Malaysian Gianni Subba in ONE: Global Rivals on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Team Lakay standout Geje Eustaquio’s unanimous decision victory over Malaysian Gianni Subba highlighted the Filipinos’ triumphant campaign in ONE: Global Rivals on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    Eustaquio, 27, suffered injuries on his right shoulder and his left arm two weeks before the fight. But the Baguio native completely outclassed his opponent through his lightning-fast kicks and impeccable counterpunching.

    “In God’s grace, he granted my wish. He [Subba] stood up with me and I am pretty confident with my striking. Thank God, I got the victory tonight,” he added.

    The other Team Lakay bets also won their respective matches.

    Honorio “The Rock” Banario successfully made a comeback after a losing streak defeating Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre via unanimous decision.

    Joshua Pacio made an impressive debut with a second round technical knockout victory over fellow Filipino Rabin Catalan.

    Team Lakay’s atomweight female fighter April Osenio impressed the crowd with her grappling skills by winning via arm bar against Filipino-British Natalie Gonzales Hills.

    Danny Kingad, also from Team Lakay, scored another TKO victory over Muhamad Haidar of Malaysia.

    In the main event, American Ben “Funky” Askren dominated Russian Nikolay Aleksakhin in all five rounds of their super fight. The match was supposedly a welterweight title defense but was declared a nontitle bout after Aleksakhin failed to meet the prescribed weight. Askren said that his prize would be donated to the charity that ONE Championship is supporting.

    In the lightweight class, Lowen Tynanes of Hawaii won over Japanese veteran Koji “The Commander” Ando via unanimous decision.

    Filipino-Australian Reece “Lightning” McLaren beat former sambo champion Muin “Tajik” Gafurov via unanimous decision.

    Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen through relentless strikes stopped China’s Li Kai Wen at the 4:44 minute mark of Round 1.

    Indonesia’s Sunoto, meanwhile, won over Filipino Burn “Hitman” Soriano through unanimous decision.

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