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Danny Kingad, 3 other Team Lakay stars banner ONE’s final 2021 card

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Danny Kingad, 3 other Team Lakay stars banner ONE’s final 2021 card

MAIN EVENT. Team Lakay star Danny Kingad eyes his 15th win.

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‘Fans can expect fireworks,’ says Danny Kingad as Team Lakay fighters look to live up to expectations

It’s Team Lakay versus the world as four of their top athletes take center stage in the upcoming ONE: Winter Warriors II, which will air on December 17 from the Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

Leading the quartet is second-ranked flyweight contender Danny “The King” Kingad, who will cross paths with No. 4 Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov in the main event of the previously recorded show. 

It’s a match more than two years in the making, as their initial clash at the 2019 ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinals was delayed until last year. Then, that bout was also pushed back because of injuries and positive COVID-19 tests.

The fighter with a 14-2 record is finally excited to test himself against the former ONE Flyweight World Champion who is on a three-fight winning streak. 

“Finally, right? I hope this pushes through this time,” Kingad exclaimed. 

“It’s been years. I’ve been wanting to face him for a long time. Unfortunately, our match got cancelled twice. Now it’s a different kind of excitement for me. I’m facing someone that I’ve always wanted to face.” 

Also competing on the card is former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, who looks to end his in-ring struggles against “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il in a battle between two of the most devastating strikers in the division. 

Belingon longs to prove that he still has one World Title shot left in him. However, defeating Kwon will be a tall order because the South Korean has six first-round knockouts. 

Speaking of bantamweights, five-time MMA champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman finally makes his long-awaited debut when he battles third-ranked Yusuup “Maestro” Saadulaev in a classic striker-versus-grappler clash.

Loman was supposed to battle John “Hands of Stone” Lineker, but the match fell through due to COVID-19 protocols. On the other hand, a win by Saadulaev can strengthen his case for a World Title shot at bantamweight.

Completing the cast is 18-year-old prodigy Jhanlo Mark “The Machine” Sangiao, who makes his professional debut against Paul “The Great King” Lumihi in a match that could send another teenager to superstardom in ONE Championship. 

With four important matches on the horizon, Kingad promises his supporters that they are in for a treat, and he is hopeful that all Team Lakay fighters will live up to their expectations. 

“Fans can expect fireworks. Not just from me, but from us four competing in the event,” Kingad said. 

“I know it will be a really exciting event, and we plan to make you happy with our performances.” – Rappler.com 

Catch ONE: NEXTGEN III on One Sports or One Sports+ at 8:30 pm Philippine time on Friday, November 26. The full event stream will  also be available on ONE’s YouTube channel and the ONE Super App.   

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