Eustaquio battles Akhmetov in headliner of One's Jakarta stop

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Kairat Akhmetov wants revenge on Adriano Moraes, while Geje Eustaquio is setting his sights on Moraes' One flyweight title.

On Sept. 16, Eustaquio and Akhmetov will collide in Jakarta.

In a match that could shake up the title picture in One's flyweight division, Eustaquio and Akhmetov will face off in the headliner of One: Total Victory at the Jakarta Convention Center.

Akhmetov looks to use his upcoming fight against Eustaquio as a stepping stone for a chance to reclaim the belt Moraes took from him on Aug. 6 in Macau.

“Defeat is part of this game, the important thing is to come back better,” said Akhmetov. “I am excited to get back in the cage and compete. Eustaquio is one of the best competitors in the division and a victory over him will mean a lot. I have one goal, and that is to get back my title.”

Meanwhile, Eustaquio, also fresh from a rematch win against Anatpong Bunrad, sees his match against Akhmetov as "very important to me."

“This is a huge bout against a former world champion. I will showcase my best skills in this bout and take home the win for the Philippines. Akhmetov is a world-class martial artist and I can’t wait to test my skills against him. I will make sure to come well prepared,” added Eustaquio.

The full fight card of One: Total Victory will be revealed at a later date.

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