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Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad: ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix helped me a lot

Demetrious Johnson, Chatri Sityodtong, Danny Kingad (© ONE Championship)

Demetrious Johnson, Chatri Sityodtong, Danny Kingad (© ONE Championship)

Danny “The King” Kingad, 24, was one of the seven “ONE: Fire and Fury” fighters featured in the open workout at One Esplanade in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 28, 2020. He is training out of the Team Lakay gym in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.

Featuring nine mixed martial arts matches and three Muay Thai contests, 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 will fight “The Hunter” Xie Wei (谢维), 23, China in the flyweight division.

“I learned a lot the past year and I’ve grown so much as a martial artist and as a competitor in this sport,” Kingad said. “Joining the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix was a great experience. It really helped me a lot in terms of gaining the experience of competing against the best in the world.”

“I feel like I’m more disciplined now as an athlete and I am laser focused on getting better,” Kingad continued. “I plan to showcase all the new skills I learned in this next fight.”

The open workout was hosted by Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson, 41, of the United States. The other fighters who participated in the event were Alex “Little Rock” Silva, 37, of Brazil, Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres, 24, of the Philippines and Kingad’s Team Lakay teammates Lito “The Thunder Kid” Adiwang, 26, Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 30, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23.

“ONE: Fire and Fury” marks the ONE Championship debut of Xie, who has been competing professionally since 2017. From January 2019 to September 2019, he defeated four opponents in ONE Hero Series namely Zelangzhaxi (泽郎扎西) of China; Fuchong Yang (杨福冲), Deligerihu “The Little Squirrel” Liu (刘德力格日呼) and Jinbo Zou, who are all from China.

The only two opponents Kingad failed to defeat were the reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 33, of the United States, who reigned as the UFC Flyweight Champion from 2012 to 2018.

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