MMA: Kingad focuses on beating Akhmetov before setting sights on Johnson

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2019 06:49 PM | Updated as of Jun 25 2019 08:51 PM

Danny Kingad after beating Senzo Ikeda in the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix quarterfinals. Photo courtesy of ONE Championship


“The King” cannot afford to lose focus at this stage of the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix tournament.

Even if there’s a possibility that he might clash with MMA superstar Demetrious Johnson, Danny Kingad will have to take care of the task at hand first, according to his Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao.

“This is already the semifinals so kailangang manalo talaga,” Sangiao said in a recent interview with ABS-CBN News.

Kingad will have to square off with former ONE flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov on August 2 before facing the winner of the bout between Johnson and Japan’s Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada.

Sangiao said they are already laying down strategies on how to handle Akhmetov’s high level wrestling.

“Pinag-aaralan namin nang husto. Parehas na wrestler ang dalawa (Kingad and Akhmetov). Sa ‘kin ang lamang ni Danny, may high level striking siya,” he said.

If Kingad gets past “The Kazakh,” then that’s the right time to think about Johnson.

“Pero ngayon, wala munang isip-isip ng next fight.”

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