January 25, 2019

Danny Kingad of Team Lakay Defeats Tatsumitsu Wada of Japan via Unanimous Decision

Danny Kingad of Team Lakay extends his mixed martial arts winning streak to four with a unanimous decision win over Japan's Tatsumitsu Wada in the undercard of One Championship: Hero's Ascent. The MMA event held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila featured a championship bout between Geje Eustaquio (also from Team Lakay) and Adriano Moraes of Brazil for the One Championship flyweight strap.

In the three-round affair, Kingad earned the nods of the ringside judges by controlling the majority of the rounds. He swept the first round with his leg kicks, boxing, and grappling. A couple of times during the round, he was close to submitting Wada but the tough Japanese fighter was able to fend off the submission attempts. The second round was very close with Wada taking down Kingad and making his own submission attempts. The third round was another close round featuring a back-and-forth engagement between the two combatants.

With the win, Kingad improves his record to nine wins with just one loss. His only loss was to Adriano Moraes, the former One Championship lightweight champion. After the loss to Moraes, Kingad racked up wins over Sotir Kichukov, Haobin Ma, and Yuya Wakamatsu before being pitted against Wada. With the loss, Wada drops to twenty wins and ten losses.

Kingad debuted as an MMA fighter way back in 2014. With two professional fights and two victories, he was signed by One Championship in 2016. He has fought eight times under the organization and he won seven of these fights. Young and constantly improving, he's a promising prospect who might challenge for the flyweight title sometime down the road.