Representing Team Lakay, Danny “The King” Kingad, 22, of Baguio City, Philippines will face Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 23, of Kagoshima, Japan at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 22, 2018. It will be the ONE Championship debut of the latter.
Kingad said he had seen a few of Wakamatsu’s fight highlights and concluded that the Japanese fighter is “a very dangerous opponent.” The Team Lakay warrior said the Kagoshima native “likes to strike and I think he will try to strike with me.”
“But I am ready to take this fight wherever it will go,” Kingad declared. “Whether that’s on the ground or it stays on the feet, I have no problem. I’m a well-rounded martial artist and so is he.”
“Fans will be happy with our fight,” the Team Lakay fighter continued. “I think Wakamatsu’s strength is the striking however, so let’s see. I am ready for a stand up war. I believe it will also be a good test for me.”
Kingad lost his undefeated record when he failed to dethrone former ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, of Brazil at “ONE: Legends of the World” on November 10, 2017. On March 9, 2018, the Team Lakay fighter redeemed himself by defeating Sotir “The Trouble” Kichukov, 28, of Pomoire, Bulgaria via unanimous decision at “ONE: Visions of Victory.”
“I have learned a lot over the past year since my experience challenging for the ONE Flyweight World Championship,” Kingad shared. “I can say that I have improved a lot since then.”
Now, Kingad is riding a two-bout winning streak. In his most recent bout, which was at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” on June 23, 2018, he defeated “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin, 24, of China via unanimous decision.
“ONE: Conquest of Heroes” will mark Kingad’s seventh ONE Championship bout. He won 5 out of his six bouts in the promotion.
On the other hand, Wakamatsu competed in 10 Pancrase bouts. The only opponent he did not defeat in the Japanese mixed martial arts promotion was his compatriot Senzo Ikeda, 36.
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Kingad and other Team Lakay fighters:
Ticket information for ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES is available at www.onefc.com.