Geje Eustaquio wins ONE flyweight crown by beating Moraes on ground game 

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PHOTO COURTESY: ONE Championship

(CNN Philippines) — It was a high risk, high reward situation for Geje Eustaquio.

The Filipino fighter successfully executed his team's strategy to defeat Adriano Moraes on his own strong suit — the ground game.

Eustaquio became the undisputed ONE flyweight world champion Sunday at the City Studio Event Center in Macau.

READ: Filipino Geje Eustaquio beats Moraes, crowned ONE flyweight champ

"The game plan of my team was to beat him on his strong part. We incorporated takedowns in my last practice, which was the surprise I brought into this fight," he said to the media moments after his victory.

Contrary to Moraes' claim that he tapped out during the latter rounds, the Baguio native clarified he threw a closed fist punch.

"I did not tap. That was a punch. And if I get caught, I will slip to it," Estaquio said.

He said he is open for a possible third fight with the Brazilian, adding he will take a better available opportunity.

They previously clashed for the inaugural flyweight crown (Moraes won via submission) prior to this slugfest.

"For me, if the fans are not yet bored with us fighting together, then let's go. But if I have better opportunities, I'll take it," Eustaquio said.

"Adriano is a world champion. He submitted me the first time, and I proved to you that I became better today," he added.

Following his success, the 29-year-old Eustaquio is also eyeing to move to a different weight class.

"2018 is I guess my year. Everybody's welcome (for the title challenge). I'm also planning to go to bantamweight or strawweight challenge. There's a lot of doors for possibilities and I'm willing to take the risk," he said.

With the huge turnout of Filipino fans in ONE: Pinnacle of Power on foreign soil, Eustaquio said he fought like he was just in Manila.

"You saw how the crowd reacted here in Macau. The Filipino fan base here is huge. I'm so overwhelmed. It's like fighting in our country," he said.