Filipino flyweight phenom Danny “The King” Kingad, 22, recorded another impressive victory on September 22, 2018. Representing Team Lakay, he edged out Japanese newcomer Yuya “The Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 23, at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In the first round, Wakamatsu showcased his much talked about power as he rattled the Filipino with a hard low kick and then followed that up moments later with a right straight that dropped Kingad.
“That punch caught me off-guard,” Kingad admitted. “I really felt his power in that punch. That’s when I knew I had to switch things up.”
Looking to survive the onslaught, Kingad relied on his wrestling to grab hold of Wakamatsu and take the Japanese striker down to the mats. On the mat, the Filipino contender imposed his will and took over the match.
The Team Lakay stalwart claimed his third-straight win and his 11th mixed martial arts career win overall. Making his performance all the more impressive was that he had to weather an early striking storm from the hard-hitting Japanese opponent to grind out a unanimous decision victory after three rounds of action.
“When I got hit hard, I decided that I need to shoot for his legs,” Kingad explained. “When I was able to get him down with relative ease, I saw that I probably won’t be having any trouble trying to take him down, and I stuck with that game plan for the rest of the match.”
By defeating Wakamatsu at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes,” Kingad improved his professional MMA record to 9 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, the Japanese ONE Championship debutante now has 10 wins and 3 losses.
Here is a “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” recap by Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson: