ONE Championship: After win in Manila, Danny Kingad sets sights on Flyweight Grand Prix
Santino Honasan on Jan 26, 2019 01:07 PM
"Nakita ko lahat nung mga mag-grand prix, kung sino man ang sunod na kalaban ko dun, Im ready for that." - Danny Kingad
It was mission accomplished for Team Lakay star Danny Kingad at ONE: Hero's Ascent, Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.
The 22-year old flyweight earned a unanimous decision victory of Japanese veteran Tatsumitsu Wada and picked up his fourth consecutive win in a row.
Now, the former flyweight world title contender sets his sights on the upcoming ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, since he has earned a spot in the eight-man tournament thanks to his win over Wada.
"Yung tournament, paghahandaan ko talaga yung grand prix na yun, yan yung number one na gagawin ko ngayon," Kingad told the media during the post-fight press conference. "I will go home and then go back to training."
The eight-man tournament is expected to feature the best flyweight talents that ONE has to offer outside of the division's champion. Kingad is the third participant to be announced, joining former opponent Yuya Wakamatsu and newly-signed former UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious Johnson.
Johnson and Wakamatsu face off in the tournament's first quarterfinals matchup at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan this March.
"Nakita ko lahat nung mga mag-grand prix, kung sino man ang sunod na kalaban ko dun, Im ready for that," he added.
The young Team Lakay star believes that his next challenge will come in the form of former bantamweight title contender Reece McLaren.
The Fil-Australian made a name for himself with a successful run at bantamweight, defeating the likes of Mark Striegl and Muin Gafurov to earn a title shot at then-champion Bibiano Fernandes. In his last bout at bantamweight.
After back-to-back losses to Fernandes and reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon, McLaren dropped down to flyweight and has since gone on a three-fight tear, defeating Anatpong Bunrad, Gianni Subba, and most recently, Wada.
"Excited [ako para sa tournament], kasi nga Grand Prix yun, iba yung makakalaban mo talaga dun. Yung nasa pakiramdam ko na ang isusunod na makakalaro ko ay si [Reece] McLaren, yung tumalo din kay Wada," Kingad expressed.