At a tender age of 22, Danny “The King” Kingad has already 10 wins as he picked up one of the most impressive victories of his career on Saturday, June 23, over Chinese National Wrestling Champion Ma Hao Bin via unanimous decision in a flyweight bout at ONE: Pinnacle of Power in Macau, China.
Kingad started the bout aggressively but was taken down by the 24-year old Chinese grappler, who took control of his back and threatens with a submission.
Kingad, however, magnificently defended against his neck being locked and manage a scramble for position to which he took advantage an opening and took control of the ground action via a side mount.
From there, he launched a heavy attack with elbows and knees to the head.
Ma tried to recover position and succeeded as the pair stood up but not before absorbing a pair of kicks.
A few more kicks from Kingad connected along with a Ma right straight ensued to conclude a fantastic first round.
The second stanza began in the same way, with “The King” controlling the range with hard kicks, and Ma always looking to counter with a quick overhand right.
The action paused twice in succession, as two Kingad inside leg kicks accidentally landed below the belt. When the contest finally resumed, the flyweights attacked each other in some wild exchanges.
Ma again found Kingad’s back and went airborne to threaten with a rear-naked choke.
The King, however, countered with an overhead reversal and briefly threatened with a choke of his own before Ma got out of the mess. Both men would be back to their feet eventually.
Kingad again beautifully executed his kicking game while Ma continued to counter with overhead punches.
Ma regained control of the back and was able to corner Kingad at the turnbuckles to deliver knees at Kingad’s hamstring as the bell sounded
Both men exchanged blows to began the final frame. Ma dove for the knees again and got a takedown.
Kingad stayed active with short range punches then capitalized upon the chance to grab on Ma’s leg and executed a WWE-like body slam to again reverse position into side mount and resume his ground attack.
“The Southern Eagle” found his way back to his feet and was able to take control of his opponent’s back, but Kingad launched a sensational submission attempt by rolling for a kneebar to which Ma escaped.
Back-and forth scrambles for position and exchanges of short punches end the final round stretch to the delight of the crowd inside the Studio City Event Center as they bursts with exciting roars.
Ultimately, the verdict decisively went in Kingad’s favor, and the Team Lakay stalwart picked up his second consecutive win after his unsuccessful World Title challenge against Adriano Moraes last November, the only loss of his MMA career.
By: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS