Igorot mixed martial artist Danny “The King” Kingad, 24, of the Philippines is one of the five Team Lakay fighters competing at “ONE: Fire and Fury.” His fans can expect exciting things from him as he is set to face “The Hunter” Xie Wei (谢维), 23, China in the first ONE Championship event to take place in the Philippines in 2020.
“Everyone will see something new from me in the coming year,” Kingad said. “With everything that I learned about myself in 2019, the next year will be a chance for me to show how much I have grown. My personal goal is to win every match in order to become worthy of a world title challenge soon.”
Featuring and nine MMA fights and three Muay Thai bouts, ONE Championship will hold “ONE: Fire and Fury” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 31, 2020. In the ninth bout of the evening, Kingad and Xie will battle it out in an MMA bout in the flyweight division.
With 13 wins and 2 losses, Kingad is coming out of his second ONE Championship loss. He lost via unanimous decision to former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 33, of the United States in the grand final of the inaugural ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix at “ONE: Century 世紀” in Tokyo, Japan on October 12, 2019.
For Kingad, the experience of facing Johnson was very exciting. The Igorot MMA fighter was really happy because he was given a chance to be a part of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship.
“I learned a lot,” Kingad said. “I was against top-caliber athletes who were able to make me realize some of my weaknesses, which I continuously work on to improve.”
Despite coming away without the victory, Kingad is “very much satisfied” with his performance in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix final against a former UFC Flyweight Champion. The Team Lakay representative said he was really happy to have competed against such talented athletes in ONE Championship.
“Not everyone can get a chance to compete against an in-his-prime DJ,” Kingad said. “But I was able to go toe-to-toe with him and push him for three rounds.”
Kingad has been competing professionally since 2014. From 2016 to 2019, he defeated nine opponents in ONE Championship namely “The Rising” Muhamad Haidar of Malaysia; Eugene Toquero, 37, 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, 2, of Japan; Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 31, of Japan; Senzo Ikeda, 37, of Japan and Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 28, of Australia.