ONE Championship: Danny Kingad weathers early storm to score decision win in Jakarta

Santino Honasan on Sep 22, 2018 11:07 PM
ONE: Danny Kingad weathers early storm to score decision win
Danny Kingad scored his third straight victory after decisioning Yuya Wakamatsu in Jakarta (photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

Filipino flyweight standout Danny “The King” Kingad bucked a troublesome start to defeat Japanese striker Yuya Wakamatsu at ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes, Saturday evening in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Kingad felt the power of the hard-hitting Japanese newcomer after absorbing a solid leg kick that momentarily had him off balance. Wakamatsu then dropped Kingad later in the round with a solid right hook that had the Pinoy fighting for survival.

The Team Lakay standout recovered quickly and brought the fight to the ground where he treatened with a Rear Naked Choke submission to end the first frame.

The second round was all Kingad, as the Baguio native attacked Wakamatsu’s lower extremities with angled leg kicks and push kicks. Kingad had Wakamatsu rocked at the end of the second round to keep momentum on his side.

Kingad continued to pick his spots in the final round, setting his takedowns up with strikes and scoring points. While visibly gassed, Wakamatsu continued to be a threat as his power punches still had Kingad’s attention. Kingad sealed the victory with a couple of late takedowns, even threatening for another Rear Naked Choke.

After three rounds of action, Kingad walked away with the unanimous decision win to improve his winning streak to three straight fights.

The 22-year old improves to 10-1 in his professional career.

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