Eustaquio bows to Akhmetov in ONE main event

first_imgKairat Akhmetov. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA — Kairat Akhmetov narrowly edged Filipino bet Geje Eustaquio in the main event of ONE: Total Victory Saturday at Jakarta Convention Center here.The former ONE Flyweight Champion bested the Team Lakay flyweight by split decision in a match that was truly too close to call.ADVERTISEMENT Akhmetov improved his record to 24-1, while Eustaquio fell to 9-6.Eustaquio’s defeat ruined what would have been a great night for Filipinos, after flyweight Ramon Gonzales and strawweight Roy Doliguez won their respective matches in the undercard.Meanwhile, hometown pride Stefer Rahardian (6-0) extended his winning streak in the flyweight division, making Cambodian Sim Bunsrun (3-4) tap out by rear-naked choke at the 1:07 mark of the first round, much to the delight of the Jakarta crowd.“It was really tough because I saw my opponent scrambling. But as soon as I had a chance to take his back, I took the opportunity,” Rahardian said of his dominant showing.Alain Ngalani (3-3) made quick work of Hideki Sekine (7-2), putting his Japanese opponent to sleep with a right straight within 11 seconds of the first round.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH fighters Doliguez, Gonzales stop foes in undercard of ONE: Total Victory WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eustaquio rocked the Kazakh early, landing a couple of kicks to the former champion’s face, but referee Yuji Shimada inexplicably halted the match that allowed Akhmetov to recover.Akhmetov took the fight to the ground but the Ifugao warrior showed immense brilliance in his ground defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the bout seemingly even, Akhmetov may have gained the advantage after knocking down Eustaquio with a punch in the third round and holding the Filipino challenger in a guillotine until the final minute.Winning the virtual number one contender’s match, With the victory, Akhmetov once again gave himself a shot at the title against reigning ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes of Brazil, who had previously beaten him for the belt. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img

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