The 11-1 rising star of Baguio City’s Team Lakay will take on Japanese contender Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila as he looks to cement his position as the top contender for the ONE Flyweight World Title.
“The Sweeper” is coming off an impressive first-round submission win, but “The King” is riding the wave of three consecutive victories – including one of the bouts of the year against Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu.
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Posted by ONE Championship on Thursday, January 17, 2019
When he discovered he would be facing another Japanese adversary, Kingad got straight to work on a game plan to continue his streak.
“When I learned that he would be my opponent, I prepared myself because he is good on the ground,” he explains.
“So, that’s why I’m now preparing to knock him down.”
Kingad reveals he has been studying plenty of tape on Wada, and he is ready to impose his high-energy combination of striking and wrestling to secure the victory.
“What I learned after watching his matches is he dominates the ground game,” he adds.
“In my opinion, my advantage against Wada is my striking, and my wrestling as well.”
“I will match Wada’s background in karate and judo using my background in wushu sanshou because wushu sanshou also has striking and takedowns.”
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Posted by ONE Championship on Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Like the rest of his rivals in the talent-filled ONE flyweight division, Kingad’s ultimate dream is to capture the ONE Flyweight World Title.
However, that quest to reach the flyweight summit will not see him face his teammate, close friend, and current king of the weight class, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio – who will defend his belt for the first time in a rubber match with Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes at ONE: HERO’S ASCENT.
Out of respect for his friend and colleague, Kingad says he will not challenge him for the belt.
“I would not fight with Geje because as I’ve said, I respect him so much because he is my senior,” he explains.
“Also, when I started [at Team Lakay] he was there all the time to help me.
“If we fought each other, it would ruin our bond as a family. It would ruin our brotherhood.”
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Posted by ONE Championship on Wednesday, January 16, 2019
It begs the question of how Kingad plans to approach his immediate career while his teammate holds the gold. It is an unusual situation, but he says he will not make things awkward. As long as his compatriot is on top, “The King” just wants to face every one of the other top athletes in the division.
“I think my future is about waiting for whoever they would want me to face,” he says.
“I’ll fight whoever they want me to fight – except Geje.”
But before any thoughts turn to his next opponent – World Champion or otherwise – Kingad knows he has to deal with the immediate challenge of Wada.
The Filipino hero says he is confident he has the skills and game plan to defeat the 32-bout veteran on home soil and set himself up for a big year in 2019.
“I’ve always thought I would get my hand raised in this match – that’s my prediction,” he says.
The 22-year-old admits he is unsure of his immediate career path, but says he will remain focused on developing as a martial artist, so if his opportunity to go for glory does arrive, he will be ready to grab it with both hands.
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Posted by ONE Championship on Monday, January 21, 2019
“We all have the same goal, to be a World Champion. So, training will continue,” he states.
“Because of this pressure, I train even harder.
“My ultimate goal is to be a World Champion, so it is really important to keep training. Otherwise, you won’t be a World Champion.”