Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes sees a clash of styles when Danny “The King” Kingad takes on Eko Roni Saputra this Saturday, 25 February.
The pair of flyweights will tangle in a three-round MMA bout at ONE Fight Night 7: Lineker vs. Andrade II inside Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, and Moraes expects nothing but a great scrap between the two.
Hailing from the famed Team Lakay squad in Benguet Province, Kingad will try to keep the fight standing in the face of Saputra’s impressive wrestling, which has powered him to seven straight wins.
“It’s going to be another great fight in this division. This division is very strong, with very tough athletes,” Moraes said.
“Danny Kingad has already been a contender and has been improving his grappling game a lot. I believe it will be a very busy fight, with Danny Kingad trying to keep the fight standing and Eko Roni Saputra trying to put Kingad down since his background is wrestling.”
Whoever imposes their game is expected to come out on top, and Moraes expects that to be Kingad.
The Brazilian is impressed with how the Filipino dynamo has improved after their initial meeting in 2017. Since then, Kingad has blossomed into an explosive, well-rounded fighter who’s faced the best of the division.
Moraes believes that experience will be the main difference between Kingad and Saptura this Saturday.
“Danny Kingad is a young fighter who has been evolving a lot. He’s been doing good fights and has already beaten very tough opponents,” Moraes said.
“As for Saputra, I don’t know much about him. I just know that his background is wrestling and that he likes to submit his opponents. But I believe Danny Kingad will win this fight on points or by technical knockout.”
ONE Fight Night 7: Linker vs. Andrade II is available at watch.onefc.com, as well as at One Sports and One Sports+ on Philippine television.