Kingad’s Future Looks Bright After Promising Performance Against Johnson

Former ONE Flyweight World Title contender Danny “The King” Kingad is now eager to make some adjustments after collecting his second loss in ONE Championship.

Kingad suffered a unanimous decision loss to Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix in the main card of the second part of ONE: CENTURY at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan

The 24-year-old prepared for months as he looked to make it seven in a row following a close victory over Reece “Lightning” McLaren in their semi-final showdown of the aforementioned eight-man tournament at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES last August.

The Baguio City native shared that he was surprised by his performance last Sunday despite failing to secure his goal to bring home the flyweight grand prix title and to collect his ticket for a second shot at the ONE Flyweight crown.

“I didn’t expect what happened. I didn’t expect that I could showcase those grappling skills and I can take down DJ and somehow corner DJ. I still need to review and watch the fight so I could learn what are the things I could have done better,” Kingad said.

For Kingad, he expected Johnson to be a handful, as the 33-year-old American star came into the match as the clear favorite and with tons of momentum.

Johnson was arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of this generation and has only lost once in his last 17 matches. “Mighty Mouse” quickly made his presence known under the ONE Championship banner by scoring back-to-back impressive victories since joining the largest martial arts organization in October last year.”

Nevertheless, Kingad showed that he is a world-class athlete as well and as he did not allow himself to be walloped by the relentless offense of the American.

“I think I did a great job. Heading into this fight, I knew that he’d maximize his strengths against me.”

“In the second round, I punched him with a left hook and he went down. When I punched him he took me down. I was disappointed because I lost but DJ deserved it I guess.”

Now back to the drawing board. Kingad promises to be better, believing that better days are definitely ahead of him, especially since he is just 24 years old.

After standing his ground against the greatest of all time, “The King” is also not removing the possibility of facing Johnson again in the future. If not “Mighty Mouse,” anyone who will block his way on his quest of getting to the top of the flyweight ladder.

“Of course I want that. But let’s wait for the result of Adriano vs DJ and let’s see. I think I did a great job, I put everything so I deserve a rematch. I think I really put up everything. Even though I lost the match, but I put up everything.

“[If not DJ or Adriano] I’ll be ready to face anyone.”

Author: Fight Game Asia

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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