This Friday, February 24, Danny Kingad and Eko Roni Saputra are set to square off in an electrifying flyweight MMA match, and the most dominant fighter in the history of the category anticipates a thrilling contest.
Above all, ONE Fight Night 7: Lineker vs. Andrade II on Prime Video is expected to feature an explosive clash of styles between the two fighters, according to eight-time ONE Flyweight World Champion and current #1 contender Adriano Moraes.
Both Kingad and Saputra have put a lot of effort into improving their mixed martial arts skills, but "Mikinho" believes that the winner of their match will be determined by who can decide where the action takes place.
Saputra comes from an accomplished wrestling background in Indonesia, while "The King" is a skilled striker who trains with Team Lakay.
In light of this, Moraes anticipates that both fighters will rely on their greatest assets at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
“It’s going to be another great fight in this division. This division is very strong, with very tough athletes. 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,” he said in an interview with ONE Championship.
Kingad, who is now ranked #3 in the class, is already a mainstay of the division at the age of 27. He has a 10-3 record in ONE and has only lost to current or previous ONE Flyweight World Champions.
The Brazilian superstar believes that the Filipino's former opponent's style has developed significantly and views him as the favourite versus Saputra. The Filipino lost through submission when he challenged Moraes for the flyweight title back in 2017.
“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. 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,” Moraes added.
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