Danny Kingad Knows The Filipino Crowd Will Bring Out The Best In Him
Filipino star Danny Kingad was on a 6-fight winning streak, until he ran into the man who is considered the greatest pound-for-pound mixed martial artist on the planet, Demetrious Johnson in the finals of ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix last October at ONE: Century.
Three months after receiving only his second professional defeat, ‘The King’ is back in action against Chinese rising star Xie Wei this January 31st, in front of his countrymen at ONE: Fire and Fury.
Kingad is pitted against the ONE Hero Series and ONE Warrior Series contract winner Xie, who after losing his first two professional bouts, has gone on to win his last five, all by way of TKO. But Danny is raring to test his stand up against Team Lakay’s Wushu expertise.
“I think it will be a good chance to show him our brand of striking. I’m always hungry to show my skills in striking, which is why I’m excited to match up with someone like him who is not afraid to stand up with his opponent,” Kingad told ONE Championship.
Due to the three first round stoppages in Xie’s last three bouts, Kingad admits that he hasn’t been able to study his opponent as much as he would have liked.
“When I watched his match against Rockie [Bactol], there wasn’t much to see as their bout lasted only one round. However, I’m ready to take what he’s got, be it striking, wrestling, grappling, or whatever it is. I’m not afraid of where our match will go, as I’m ready in any aspect,” Kingad revealed.
“I’m preparing my body to be tougher so that I can take whatever he throws at me. We have a game plan in place, and while I wouldn’t want to share it, I know that it will help me get the win if executed properly. I don’t focus on how the bout will end. The most important thing for me is that when the final bell has sounded, it will be my hand that will be raised.”
Despite the limited source to scout his Chinese foe, Kingad firmly believes that it will not be a problem and instead pledged to put on a great performance for the home fans.
“I feel like the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. I’m excited to compete in the presence of my countrymen to start the year. I know that they will bring out the best in me as they always have when they cheer me on,” Kingad declared.
“This will be my first match in 2020, and it will be in my home country. The match certainly means a lot for me, and I’m really excited to show everyone some of the new things I have in store for them.”
The former ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finalist is raring to achieve big things in the ONE flyweight division and is prepared to take on every single opponent that comes his way.
“I want to prove that I can overcome any challenge that comes my way. There are a lot of people who I want to take on because this is truly home to some of the best in the world. I can’t single out any of them. All I can say is, ‘Bring it on.’”
Danny Kingad faces Xie Wei in the main event at ONE: Fire And Fury, which goes down on January 31st, at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. In the main event, Danny’s teammate Joshua Pacio will defend his ONE strawweight title against the former champion, Alex Silva.