Former ONE Flyweight World Title challenger Danny “The King” Kingad is set to face yet another outstanding grappler in his quest of capturing the ONE Flyweight crown.
The Filipino star is scheduled to square up against grappling specialist Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov in the semi-finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES which emanates at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on 2 August.
Kingad, who owns an impressive record of 10 wins with only one loss as a pro, has fought the top names of the 61.2-kilogram weight class since joining the ONE Championship roster more than three years ago.
His only loss came when he competed for the ONE Flyweight World Title against grappling wizard Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes of Brazil at ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD in Manila back in November 2017, which he believes gave him valuable lessons that will play a major role in his upcoming match against Akhmetov.
The 23-year-old Baguio City native admits that the Moraes bout helped him evolve both mentally and physically as a mixed martial artist, which has now given him more confidence inside the ONE Circle.
“I gained a lot of experience in the past but the biggest one was in my loss to Moraes. It showed me a lot of things, the things that I need to work on and I know I can bring that in my match against Akhmetov,” said Kingad.
“It’s tough losing in a World Title match that you’ve always dreamt of but if you’d look at it, the experience that it gave me – it’s a huge factor to where I am right now.”
After his setback with Moraes, Kingad has scored five impressive victories against top opposition.
In his last outing, the Filipino phenom scored a unanimous decision win over Senzo Ikeda of Japan in the quarterfinals of the aforementioned eight-man tournament at ONE: A NEW ERA in Japan that put him two more wins away for his second shot at the ONE Flyweight crown.
Heading into his much-awaited clash with Akhmetov in Manila, Kingad believes that he can take care of whatever problem “The Kazakh” will bring to the table.
“I train everyday and I’m so focused right now so I’ll come in prepared against Kairat,” said Kingad.
“I am enjoying my training sessions and I’ll do my best to get the win on August 2.”