Representing Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines, Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, was one of the winners at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” on January 25, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It was the seventh time he won in ONE Championship.
Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” was first of the four ONE Championship events in the Philippines in 2019. In the ninth bout of the evening, Kingad faced Tatsumitsu Wada of Japan in an MMA bout in the flyweight decision.
In a spirited clash between two top flyweight contenders, Kingad turned in a well-rounded performance, defeating Wada of Japan by unanimous decision. For three full rounds, it was the former ONE World Title challenger who got the better of the standup exchanges.
When the action hit the mat, Kingad also displayed superior grappling skills. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of the Team Lakay fighter, who earned a spot in the highly-anticipated ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix with the win.
Beating Wada at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Kingad’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 1 loss. He has been competing professionally since 2014.
Kingad defeated his first three opponents in ONE Championship namely Muhamad Haidar of Malaysia, Eugene Toquero, 36, of the Philippines and “The Jungle Cat” Muhammad Aiman, 23, of Malaysia. On November 10, 2017, the Team Lakay fighter unsuccessfully challenged reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, of Brazil at “ONE: Legends of the World.”
On March 9, 2018, Kingad redeemed himself at “ONE: Visions of Victory” by defeating his Bulgarian opponent Sotir Kichukov, 28, of Bulgaria. On June 23, 2018, the Team Lakay fighter defeated “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin, 25, of China at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China.
Check more photos of the bout between Kingad and Wada on Top Sports Asia. Here is the Filipino fighter and some of his fellow Team Lakay athletes at the “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” post-fight press conference: