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Demetrious Johnson: Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad is no joke

Demetrious Johnson, Chatri Sityodtong, Danny Kingad (©ONE Championship)

Demetrious Johnson, Chatri Sityodtong, Danny Kingad (©ONE Championship)

The third ONE Championship bout of Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of the United States is one of the two co-main events of the first part of “ONE: Century 世紀” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. He will compete in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix grand final against Igorot mixed martial artist Danny “The King” Kingad, 24, of the Philippines.

Kingad and Johnson had their official face-off during the “ONE: Century 世紀” press conference at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, Japan on October 10, 2019. It was attended by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong and ONE Championship Japan president Andy Hata.

“Thank you everyone for coming out tonight,” Johnson said during the event. “I appreciate you, guys. You’re an awesome crowd.”

“I’m very excited to be back here in Japan,” Johnson continued. “I’m looking forward to facing Danny Kingad. He’s a great competitor. I’m looking forward to competing against Team Lakay.”

Johnson is training out of AMC Pankration in Kirkland, Washington, USA and Evolve MMA in Singapore. He has been competing professionally since 20007.

“I want to thank my team, Chatri for the opportunity,” Johnson said. “I would like to congratulate ONE Championship for 100 events. You, guys, are in for a treat.”

“I’ve trained very hard for this fight,” Johnson continued. “I know Danny Kingad is no joke and it’s going to be a sick fight.”

This will be ONE Championship’s second event in Japan. The Singapore-based martial arts organization’s chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong named the event “ONE: Century 世紀” because he wanted to “signify the greatest martial arts event in the last 100 years.”

The first part will be broadcast live in the United States via TNT and B/R Live. It starts from 9:00 a.m. JST on October 13, 2019 or 8:00 p.m. EST on October 12, 2019.

The second part will be broadcast live across more than 140 countries worldwide and streamed to 2.6 billion potential viewers through the world’s largest television networks. It starts from 5:00 p.m. JST on October 13, 2019 or 4:00 a.m. EST on October 12, 2019.

Watch the “ONE: Century 世紀” press conference highlights here:

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