Danny Kingad Doesn’t See A Clear Cut Favorite In Moraes – Johnson Rematch

The collective world of mixed martial arts will be tuned in to the climactic rematch between ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes and the legendary Demetrious Johnson at ONE on Prime Video 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II.

Just like any other fight fan, #4-ranked ONE flyweight Danny Kingad will be tuning in for the match on August 27 (Manila time) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. ONE on Prime Video 1 will also be the first ONE Championship card that will stream live on Amazon Prime Video in US Primetime.

Kingad said that the world title rematch between Moraes and Johnson would surely be a martial arts spectacle. What he can’t say for sure, however, is who will be leaving Singapore with the gold.

The Team Lakay star pointed out how both fighters have been ramping up their preparations for the match. Moraes has been grinding it out at his home gym of American Top Team in Florida while Johnson recently trained with former UFC rival Henry Cejudo.

“This rematch will of course be an exciting match. I think DJ’s been putting in the work because I saw on his social media posts that he’s been training with Cejudo. I think Cejudo’s been helping DJ in his training. I really don’t know what will happen in this match, but I’m sure that this will be a great fight. There will surely be differences from their last match,” Kingad said.

Moraes first defended the ONE Flyweight World Title against Johnson at ONE on TNT I in April 2021 in a chess match of a fight. Both fighters had moments holding dominant positions but the fight largely happened on the feet.

The second round saw, arguably, the most iconic knee strike in ONE Championship when Moraes cracked Johnson with a thunderous left knee to remain the flyweight king.

Kingad, who fought both Moraes and Johnson in two high-profile matches, believes the two fighters have greatly improved since their 2021 meeting.

“Adriano is now much better on his feet, he’s more comfortable on his striking compared to before. He usually favored his grappling in his previous fights, but he’s now moving better on stand-up scenarios,” he continued.

“DJ improves every day. He’s always working on something to get better, it’s almost impossible to see what his weaknesses are. He can also train with other elite fighters there abroad that’s why he’s always improving.”

Author: Robert Belen

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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