On September 22, 2018, Danny “The King” Kingad, 22, of Baguio City, Philippines earned his sixth ONE Championship victory at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Recently, the Team Lakay fighter shared the game plan of his coach, Mark Sangiao, for his flyweight bout against Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu , 23, of Kagoshima, Japan.
After three five-minute rounds, the bout between Kingad and Wakamatsu ended in a unanimous decision in favor of the Filipino contender. The Team Lakay fighter shared, “Coach Mark Sangiao drew up a game plan and that was to throw strikes to set up a takedown because we knew that wrestling would be my advantage.”
Kingad executed the game plan perfectly after the tumultuous opening moments of the first round, mixing up his punches and kicks to time his takedowns well and get the action to the ground almost at will. Having it his way on the canvas, he displayed his continuously improving ground game as he threatened to end the bout with a submission on a number of occasions.
Wakamatsu made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes.” Kingad said he and his team knew that the Japanese fighter was a striker and a knockout artist.
“After taking him down the first time, I felt that my power over him was my wrestling and my ground game,” Kingad recalled his “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” bout against Wakamatsu. “So that got me energized and that’s where I attacked him throughout the whole match.”
Now riding a three-bout winning streak, Kingad is inching closer and closer back to top contender status in the stacked 61.2-kilogram weight division. The former ONE Flyweight World Championship contender said, “I’m really happy with this win.”
“It was a tough one but God is good and He helped me get this win,” the Team Lakay fighter said. “I’m ready for anyone. Whoever ONE Championship wants to put in front of me, that’s who I’ll prepare for.”
Here is a recap of “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” by Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson: