Training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines, Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, was one of the winners at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” It was the ninth victory of the Filipino mixed martial artist in ONE Championship.
Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the 10th bout of the evening, Kingad faced Reece “Lightning” Mclaren, 27, of Australia in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout with Yoshinori Umeki as the referee.
In the first two rounds, Kingad survived a number of precarious situations to rally back in the final round. In the last two minutes of the bout, the Filipino contender dominated his fading Australian opponent.
Kingad was able to land a couple of takedowns and unload some ground-and-pound to swing the decision in his favor. After three five-minute rounds, the flyweight bout was left in the hands of the judges and in the end, Umeki raised the hand of the Team Lakay representative, who was declared the winner via split decision.
Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved the professional MMA record of Kingad to 13 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, McLaren now has 12 wins and 7 losses.
Including the Philippines and Australia, 14 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
Kingad was one of the five hometown heroes on the card. McLaren was one of the two representatives of Australia.
“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Kingad’s 10th ONE Championship bout. The first eight opponents he defeated in the promotion were “The Rising” Muhamad Haidar, 26, of Malaysia, Eugene Toquero, 38, of the Philippines, “Jungle Cat” Muhammad Aiman, 24, of Malaysia, Sotir Kichukov, 29, of Bulgaria, “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin, 25, of China, Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 24, of Japan, Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 30, of Japan and Senzo Ikeda, 33, of Japan.
More photos of the bout between Kingad and McLaren are on Top Sports Asia. Here is a clip from the “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” press conference: