He may be young, but Danny Kingad will be tapping whatever experience he has to pull off an upset against reigning ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes in the co-main event of ONE: Legends of the World this Friday.
Since making his MMA debut three years ago, “King” never tasted defeat in his 5 pro MMA fights.
His most recent victory showed him turning in a complete performance with his wide range of techniques on full display en route to a unanimous decision win over Malaysia’s Muhammad Aiman.
This assured him a shot against Moraes.
“I have waited so long for this. Ever since I joined ONE Championship, I had my eyes set on becoming champion. This is what I wanted when I became a martial artist – to be the best in the world,” said the 22-year old.
Kingad will be challenging Moraes in a card that will feature Eduard Folayang’s lightweight title defense against Vietnamese-Australian Martin Nguyen.
He said he has to brush aside his anxiousness to showcase his full potential in front of his home crowd at the MOA Arena.
Kingad said he hopes to become one of three Filipino MMA world champions after Folayang and heavyweight king Brandon Vera.
“Now that it is finally happening, and I have this opportunity right in front of me, the feeling of nervousness quickly turned into motivation. I’m ready to showcase my skills in front of the world. I believe it’s going to be a good and exciting match with Adriano,” said Kingad.
Moraes, for his part, said he is not about to part ways with his flyweight title.
He just reclaimed the flyweight belt by thoroughly defeating former champion Kairat Akhmetov in an epic rematch last August.
“It’s my first time in Manila. I am very excited to compete against a highly touted prospect like Danny Kingad. I respect him,” said Moraes.
“It’s going to be a tough night, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m going out on Friday to try to keep my world championship belt around my waist.”
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