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Danny Kingad shows he can keep up with Demetrious Johnson

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Danny “The King” Kingad expected a lot of things when he challenged Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final. 

But he did not expect to survive a grappling contest with the pound-for-pound greatest flyweight of all time.

Kingad dropped a unanimous decision loss to Johnson in the co-main event of ONE: Century Part I last Sunday, but he is certainly coming home from Tokyo, Japan with a lot of realizations.

“I didn’t expect what happened. I didn’t expect that I could showcase those grappling skills and I could take down DJ and somehow corner DJ,” the Team Lakay athlete said.

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“[But] I still need to review and watch the fight so I could learn what are the things I could have done better. Of course, I was disappointed because I lost, but DJ deserved it.”

Though the result was set in stone the moment the final bell sounded, “The King” remains a winner in a sense.

Not many 24-year-olds can say that they have been featured alongside the Madisonville, Kentucky native in ONE Championship’s biggest show and lived to tell the tale — or at least, in this case, talk to the press right after without many bruises.

“Never thought about [competing against DJ so soon]. DJ is my idol. Fighting DJ is a big achievement. When I heard that DJ signed for ONE, I wanted to face him because we’re in the same division,” Kingad shared.

“Everyone starts from the bottom, and now I’m here fighting DJ and I can say that somehow I am [on par] with DJ.”

With his confidence at an all-time high despite the defeat, the Baguio City native believes that he will one day cross paths again with either Johnson or reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes.

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“I think I did a great job [against DJ], so I deserve a rematch. Even though I lost the match, but I put up everything,” Kingad shared.

Now that he will have to wait for the Moraes–Johnson clash to get that, Kingad vows to take on all comers.

“Anyone — I’ll be ready to face anyone.”

ONE Championship returns in less than two weeks with ONE: Dawn of Valor on October 25 at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.


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