Danny “The King” Kingad, 22, of the Philippines is ready to compete against “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin, 24, of China at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” on June 23, 2018 at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China. Diligently preparing under the tutelage of head coach Mark Sangiao at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, the Filipino contender is fully aware of his opponent’s capabilities.
“Training is, as usual, very tough,” Kingad shared. “We are drilling very hard each and every day. I am still working on all areas, be it my striking or my grappling.”
“Knowing my opponent is a good wrestler, however, I am particularly working on my takedown defense for this match,” Kingad explained. “I want to keep this fight standing, so I have worked very hard on my takedown defense.”
Ma is a Chinese national freestyle wrestling champion with a professional mixed martial arts record of 11 wins and 2 losses and despite the threat that he poses in the grappling department, Kingad assured that he is comfortable wherever the bout goes at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power.” The Team Lakay fighter said, “I want to test his stand-up game.”
“I believe I am stronger, faster and more explosive than he is,” Kingad said of Ma. “I am definitely going for a knockout in this match. However, if he does take me to the ground, I will be ready for anything.”
Kingad believes that his in-ring meeting with Ma at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” is a must-win clash as he embarks on a hazy road towards the organization’s flyweight championship. The Team Lakay fighter said, “I must win this bout because honestly, I don’t know what the future holds.”
“What if we don’t get the result that we want for coach Geje?” Kingad continued. “I am ready to step up. I cannot wait to get right back in there and make another run at the title. I know things will be very different next time.”
With a professional MMA record of 6 wins a 1 loss, Kingad seeks to sustain his winning groove in ONE Championship as he is set to take on Ma. Still, the Filipino contender is not in a hurry.
“I am still young,” Kingad said. “I believe that my time will come.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip from Ma’s most recent ONE Championship bout: