The Philippines and Japan were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It is the second ONE Championship event in 2019.
Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the ninth bout of the evening, Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, of the Philippines faced Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada of Japan.
Wada was born in Kofu, Yamanshi on November 16, 1988. He is a former DEEP Flyweight Champion.
On July 7, 2018, Wada made his ONE Championship debut, falling to Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 27, of Australia via split decision. On November 17, 2018, the Japanese fighter bounced back by defeating Eugene Toquero via first-round rear-naked choke.
Training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, Kingad is a National Wushu Champion in the Philippines. He hails from Sadanga, Mountain Province, Philippines but he went to school in Baguio City.
Kingad has been competing professionally since 2014. He joined ONE Championship in 2016.
Kingad and Wada competed in an MMA match in the flyweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.
After three five-minute rounds, the flyweight bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of the Team Lakay fighter, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Kingad’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Wada now has 20 wins, 10 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest.
“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” Main Events
In the co-main event, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines and Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States competed in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals. The Hawaiian fighter knocked out his Filipino opponent in the first round.
In the main event, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines. The challenger dethroned the defending champion via unanimous decision.
Australia, Algeria, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and the U.S. were also represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” Check the complete results here.