Danny Kingad's Road to ONE: CENTURY
Santino Honasan on Oct 11, 2019 02:48 PM
Danny Kingad faces Demetrious Johnson in the Finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix
On October 13th, ONE Championship heads back to the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan for ONE: Century, the promotion’s 100th event. To mark the milestone in the promotion’s history, ONE will be putting together a two-part fight card that features a handful of their biggest stars as well as a number of exciting prospects.
On that day, one of the Philippines’ fastest rising stars steps into the biggest opportunity of his career, as Team Lakay’s Danny “The King” Kingad faces former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion and American MMA icon Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.
The winner takes home the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship, but most importantly, he gets a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship.
This is Danny Kingad’s Road to ONE: CENTURY.
After winning his first four professional bouts, Kingad made the jump to ONE Championship in 2016 and immediately put the division on notice, winning his debut by way of first-round TKO via ground and pound. He would follow that up with two more wins to improve his record to 7-0.
The impressive start was enough for him to earn a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, held by Brazilian star Adriano Moraes.
Perhaps pushed into the situation too quickly, the young Kingad succumbed to the more experienced Moraes and absorbed the first defeat of his young career.
The young Team Lakay standout bounced back in impressive fashion, stringing together three consecutive wins and then earning himself a shot at entering the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.
In his “qualifying match” so to speak, Kingad bested Japanese grappler Tatsumitsu Wada to earn a spot in the eight-man flyweight tournament.
In his ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal match, Kingad outclassed Pancrase champion Senzo Ikeda in Tokyo to advance into the semifinals and move one step closer to the title.
In the semifinals, Kingad was originally slated to face former champion Kairat Akhmetov, but an injury forced the Kazakh to withdraw. Taking Akhmetov’s place was former title challenger Reece McLaren.
Against McLaren, Kingad was pushed to the limit, getting outgrappled in the first two rounds before rallying back and dominating the third round to sway the judges’ decision to his favor and advance to the tournament finale.
As it fate would have it, Kingad would find himself matched up with an idol and an opponent he’s wanted to face for a long time, Demetrious Johnson.
The American former champion also dominated his side of the bracket, setting up the must-see Final match.
What’s more is that Kingad will have the chance to showcase his talents on a much bigger audience, with his match against Johnson being the co-main event of ONE Century Part I, which will air on primetime television in the United States.
Catch ONE: CENTURY in it’s entirety on LIVESTREAMING on Sunday, October 13 starting at 8:00 AM (Part 1) and 4:00 PM (Part 2) via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Page!
Catch ONE: CENTURY Part 2 LIVE at 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!
ONE: CENTURY Part 1 will air on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23
For more ONE Championship coverage, check out https://sports.abs-cbn.com/onechampionship