MMA: Danny Kingad eyes payback vs the only 2 fighters who have beaten him


Posted at May 14 2020 07:00 AM

In 16 fights, Danny Kingad has lost to only 2 fighters — ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes and ONE flyweight Grand Prix champion Demetrious Johnson.

“They’re the targets. They are the barometers of the division, and they handed me both of my losses, so yes, I hope to face them again,” Kingad said in an article posted on ONE's official website

Kingad lost to Moraes via submission in their title fight in November 2017, while he got outpointed by Johnson last October.

At 24, Kingad can still improve his game especially in grappling. 

“I think if I get to face Adriano again, I’ll come more prepared, particularly in my takedown defense and submission defense,” the Team Lakay fighter said.

“Those are the most important things to improve on. When it comes to striking, I’ll also have to polish my power so if there’s a chance to knock him out, I can capitalize.”

Kingad said jitters got the better of him when he squared off with Johnson, a pound-for-pound king inthe world of MMA.

"I was also too excited when I entered the match. It’s something that I have to work on when we fight next,” Kingad said.

Kingad rebounded from that loss by outpointing Xie Wei last January.He said he needed to keep on winning to get the chance to face either Moraes or Johnson.

Moraes and Johnson are set to face off when ONE’s 2020 calendar of events resumes.

“I feel like I’ve changed a lot from all those matches,” said Kingad.

“Back then, we were not that experienced, so I am happy that I am seeing the work that we’ve been doing.”

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