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Brazilian champion respects Kingad
by Harley F. Palangchao

Reigning ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes has admitted he is not underestimating Igorot challenger Danny Kingad in their title bout in the co-main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Nov. 10 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The 29-year-old Brazilian champion is slated to put his coveted gold-plated strap on the line against Kingad, who remains undefeated in the biggest MMA promotion in Asia.

Moraes may be riding a wave of momentum after snapping archrival Kairat Akhmetov’s perfect 23-bout winning streak via unanimous decision and unifying the ONE flyweight world championship in a title unification rematch in August, but he will not overlook Kingad as his Filipino foe is a legitimate threat to his second title reign.

“Danny Kingad is a great competitor and he has earned the highest level of my respect. If anything, there is no chance of me underestimating him. That would be unwise,” Moraes said.

A true warrior from the mountains of Baguio and one of the top prospects to come out of the Cordillera with an immaculate record of 5-0, Kingad is a tremendous striker who possesses well-rounded grappling skills.

Due to his outstanding run in local promotions, ONE Championship noticed Kingad and gave him a spot on the undercard of ONE: Global Rivals in Manila in April 2016.

Kingad came out on top of his maiden ONE Championship assignment by scoring a first-round technical knockout of Malaysia’s Muhamad Haidar.

The young Igorot native had an impressive follow-up to his ONE Championship debut by submitting compatriot Eugene Toquero with a first-round armbar in December 2016.

In his most recent trip to the ONE Championship cage, Kingad turned in a complete performance, putting his wide range of techniques on full display in a unanimous decision conquest of Malaysia’s Muhammad Aiman last April.

“He is a young martial artist, undefeated, and a Wushu champion with good takedowns and good hands,” Moraes said.

“He is talented, and he has had good matches with the organization.”

Against Kingad, Moraes said he will be preparing for the best version of his Filipino counterpart.

“I am preparing for the best Danny Kingad possible, and that is the only way I can be at my best. I believe this match is going to be a battle between two top-notch martial artists. It is going to be a battle from start to finish,” he said.

Moraes is eager to remain as the organization’s 61.2-kilogram titleholder and prove that he is the best flyweight on the planet at the expense of an undefeated standout like Kingad.

 
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