It is fight night tonight for Team Lakay, two fighting after long lay-off and two making hteir debut including a teen-ager and the first of the next generation fighter from the famed stable of Baguio-Benguet warriors.
Danny Kingad headlines the ONE Winter Warriors II tonight at the Singapore Indoor Arena as he leads three of his teammates in the octagon ring hoping to come home victorious.
Kingad shakes off nearly two years of inactivity as he faces former flyweight king Khairat Akhmetov, who suffered defeat in the hands of another Team Lakay warrior, Geje Eustaquio, who went on to win the belt, although briefly.
ONE favors the Kazakh winning over the King who, according to the MMA promotions, will use his striking prowess to bring down his opponent, a Greco-Roman wrestling champion. Akhmetov, ONE said, will try “to take advantage of this fact and drag the fight on the mat right away. From there it’s only a matter of whether Danny Kingad can get up and have enough space to land a momentum-swinging blow.”
After losing to Demetrius Johnson in October 12, 2019, Kingad bounced back with a unanimous win over Wie Xie on Jan. 31, 2020, the last fight for the 26 until tonight’s headliner.
One of Team Lakay’s most exciting fighters, Kevin Belingon goes back to the ring to end a three game losing streak. It was a streak after winning the featherweight crown from one of the toughest fighters – Bibiano Fernandes in Nov. 9, 2018.
It was a belt he would lose to the same guy in their rematch four months later when he accidentally used an elbow hitting the Brazilian at the back of his head and was disqualified in the third round. Seven months later, another rematch, and Fernandes settled the score when he forced Belingon to tap out in the second round via a rear naked choke.
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, Belingon was able to fight anew 13 months later against American John Lineker and lost in the second round via punches.
Another 13 months and The Silencer is back in the octagon ring this time facing Won Il Kwon in the main undercard, where ONE predicts a win for the Lakay fighter of Ifugao descent.
After deciding Ernie Braca in his last fight with PXC – Pacific Extreme in April 23, 2016 which came after a disappointing first round loss to Rex de Lara three months prior, Stephen Loman moved to the Dubai based Brave Fighting Championship and there made a name for himself.
After winning his first two bouts in Brave, Loman was set up for the inaugural Brave bantamweight title showdown against Gurdarshan Mangat in Nov. 17, 2017 and won starting a two year reign and three title defense, Loman decided to move his wares to ONE Championship and be with most of his stable mates.
Loman debuts by facing a tough Yusup Saadulaev, The Maestro and currently ONE’s third ranked players in the weight category. ONE said that it expects Saadulaev to use his skills in the ground to the hilt as the Dagestani has the best submission percentage in ONE history and win the match.
Then the first of the second generation Team Lakay, Jhanlo Mark Sangiao, will make his debut by facing Paul Lumihi.
The new Machine will have his plate full in his first fight as he faces also extreme pressure to win being the son of Team Lakay’s founder and head coach, Mark Sangiao.
The father earlier said that Jhanlo should: ” understand how to handle pressure despite this being his first time fighting here,” Sangiao said. “But as far as I can see, he’s really ready to fight.”