ONE Championship: Danny Kingad outpoints Japanese opponent in Manila
Santino Honasan on Jan 25, 2019 10:50 PM
Danny Kingad decisions Japan's Tatusmitsu Wada to earn a spot in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix
Filipino flyweight mixed martial arts star Danny "The King" Kingad gave Team Lakay their first win for 2019 after defeating Japanese opponent Tatsumitsu "The Sweeper" Wada via Unanimous Decision at ONE: Hero's Ascent, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 22-year old out of Baguio city showed up his continuously-improving ground game as he managed to wrestle his way out of a bad position and took Wada's back. For much of the first round, Kingad looked to end the bout with a rear naked choke, but could not sink it in.
In the second round, Kingad shot in for a takedown only to get stuffed. Wada looked to capitalize by trying to sink in a head-in-arm choke before transitioning into a rear naked choke. Again, Kingad manages to survive and spins into a dominant position to end round two.
Kingad landed some solid strikes in round three before getting taken down once more. Again, Wada looked to finish the bout with a choke, but could not find success. The Pinoy ended the round on a strong note by again wreslting his way into a dominant position before the final bell.
After three rounds, Kingad earned the nod on all three of the judges scorecards to earn the win.
Kingad improves 12-1 in his professional career.
More importantly, the Pinoy earns his spot in the upcoming ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix