Team Lakay's Danny Kingad bows to Demetrious Johnson at ONE: CENTURY
Santino Honasan on Oct 13, 2019 12:28 PM
Danny Kingad fell short in his bid for the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship, falling to Demetrious Johnson via Unanimous decision (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
TOKYO, JAPAN - Filipino flyweight Danny Kingad put up a valiant effort, but in the end it wasn't enough as he fell short in his bid for the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship, losing to American MMA icon Demetrious Johnson by Unanimous Decision in the co-main event of ONE: Century, Sunday morning at the Ryogoku Kokugikan here.
Kingad was aggressive to begin the match, throwing a combination early. The former long-time UFC champion immediately went into wrestling mode and tried to bring the fight to the ground. Kingad was able to push Johnson to the cage, but ended up getting taken down anyway.
On the ground, Johnson was relentless in putting the pressure on the Filipino, as he continuously moved around to look for submissions.
Kingad, one of the best young grapplers out of the Team Lakay stable up in Benguet, was able to defend Johnson's submissions and did a good job of keeping himself out of any real danger.
Johnson was just simply too much for Kingad to handle in the grappling department, as he was able set up and time his takedowns well to score points throughout the match.
After three rounds of action, Johnson was declared as the clear-cut winner to move one step closer to his goal of becoming a ONE World Champion.
Johnson now becomes the number one contender to the ONE Flyweight World Championship, currently held by Brazilian star Adriano Moraes.
Kingad, meanwhile, suffers just the second defeat of his young career.