ONE Championship: Danny Kingad used to use Demetrious Johnson as his character in video games

Santino Honasan on May 31, 2019 12:02 PM
Danny Kingad used to use Demetrious Johnson in video games
“First time ko siyang nalaro sa Playstation, dun ko siya first time na nakita, sa laro na ‘yun, ginagamit ko yung character niya.” - Danny Kingad on Demetrious Johnson

If everything falls into place for Team Lakay flyweight contender Danny “The King” Kingad, he’ll be advancing into the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix against none other than former UFC champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

Kingad and Johnson both took care of their respective quarterfinals assignments, defeating Senzo Ikeda and Yuya Wakamatsu respectively at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan back in March.

Now Kingad and Johnson are both a win away from a possible collision course, and that is something the Filipino star has been looking forward to since the brackets were announced.

After defeating Ikeda in Tokyo, Kingad admitted that his first thought was being a win away from possibly standing opposite Johnson inside the ONE cage.

“Napunta agad sa isip ko nung nanalo ako kay Ikeda, ayun, pumunta sa isip ko na, isang panalo na lang makakamit ko na yung pangarap ko na makalaro yung champion ng UFC, and very happy ako na nanalo siya,” said Kingad.

Johnson was indeed victorious, but it wasn’t the cakewalk that most people expected, as the heavy-handed Wakamatsu tagged the American star early in the first round, before eventually getting submitted in the second.

“Very technical siya, pero sa power naman, mas malakas si Yuya,” Kingad observed.

The 22-year old Pinoy, who fought earlier in the card, had the pleasure of getting to watch Johnson compete in his maiden ONE card, Immediately, he envisioned himself inside the cage with Johnson to get a better feel of what he would do, should they get matched up in the future.

“Yun yung talagang ginagawa ko, pag-naglalaro sila, iniisip ko na ako yung kinakalaro nila, tapos yung mga galaw niya, rine-review ko,” Kingad explained.

Interestingly enough, Kingad’s first encounter with Johnson was through a video game.

The Baguio City-native shared that the first he ever learned of “Mighty Mouse” was because he used to use Johnson as a character in a UFC-themed video game on the Playstation 3 console.

“First time ko siyang nalaro sa Playstation, dun ko siya first time na nakita, sa laro na ‘yun, ginagamit ko yung character niya.”

It wasn’t until he himself was a martial artist that Kingad was able to see Johnson in action.

“Nung nasa martial arts na ako, napapanood ko na siya.”

Before Kingad and Johnson can really think about facing each other, the first need to take care of business in their respective semifinals matches.

Kingad will be taking on former champion Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan, while Johnson meets Tatsumitsu Wada of Japan.


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