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Danny Kingad's Newborn Serves As His Motivation For Winning

The King's extended family (Team Lakay included) will have his back at 'ONE: Conquest Of Heroes'
by John Paulo Aguilera | Sep 21, 2018
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When Danny Kingad steps inside the cage on Saturday against Japanese Yuya Wakamatsu at ONE: Conquest of Heroes in Indonesia, he will have another reason to make sure that he goes back home with his third straight win.

His girlfriend recently gave birth to their first child Gleourdan Adrian, adding the newest member to Kingad's already extended family. She was already in labor at the time Danny was in the middle of preparing for his upcoming fight. With everything happening around him, Kingad saw this as motivation rather than a distraction.

"Excited na talaga kong lumabas yung baby," he tells the media a day before his match. "Parang na-doble nga yung sipag ko. Ngayon, tuwing nagte-training ako, tinitignan ko siya, tapos na-i-inspire ako."

Kingad, who used to be a party animal, compares fatherhood to when he started learning wushu, in that it's also a turning point. He quips, "Nagbago na lahat, wala na yung lakwatsa, ha ha!" The dads at Team Lakay, particularly former champion Edward Folayang, and coach Mark Sangiao, remind him to prioritize family over everything and take care of his kid in between studying and training.

He considers his Lakay peers as brothers, so much so that he isn't keen on the thought of facing a teammate even for a championship belt. Yes. we're referring to ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio, who shares the same division with Kingad. He stresses that he has much respect for his Kuye Geje, who has been instrumental in his journey to where he is now.

For Kingad, brotherhood matters more than the competition. He explains, "Yung iba kasi, kahit sila-sila mismo naglalaban, dun nabe-break yung friendship and family.

He underscored how crucial the Team Lakay seniors are to the development of young talent like him and Joshua Pacio, who will challenge Yoshitaka Naito for the ONE Strawweight World title at Conquest of Heroes. Apparently, Folayang and Honorio Banario has been traveling to Manila to hone their ground game, which in turn, they pass on to Kingad and co.

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That is why it's not surprising that he believes he has the upper hand when things hit the canvass versus Wakamatsu, who is also coming off a victory. While Kingad is pretty confident with his wrestling, he isn't ruling out a knockout finish. It won't be easy, though, because based on the experience of his teammates, Japanese mixed martial artists have a "warrior spirit."

"Pero mas malakas pa rin yung sa'tin, yun yung palaging nasa isip ko."

ONE: Conquest of Heroes goes down on September 22 at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia

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