[PHOTOS] Philippines vs Australia: Danny Kingad, Reece McLaren fight at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

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The Philippines and Australia were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. It was the third ONE Championship event in 2019 that took place in the Philippines.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the 10th bout of the evening, Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, of the Philippines faced Reece “Lightning” Mclaren, 27, of Australia.

Including the Philippines and Australia, 12 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Brazil, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

Kingad was one of the five hometown heroes on the card. McLaren was one of the two representatives of Australia.

Blue Corner

McLaren is training out of Potential Unlimited Mixed Martial Arts in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia. Born on September 17, 1991, he has been competing professionally since 2010.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked McLaren’s ninth ONE Championship bout. He was coming out of a unanimous decision victory over Senzo Ikeda, 36, of Japan.

Red Corner

Kingad is training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. He has been competing professionally since 2014.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Kingad’s 10th ONE Championship bout. He was coming out of a unanimous decision loss to former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhtemov, 31, of Kazakhstan.


Kingad and McLaren competed in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout. Yoshinori Umeki served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the flyweight bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Umeki raised hand of Kingad, who was declared the winner via split decision.

Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved the professional MMA record of Kingad to 13 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, McLaren now has 12 wins and 7 losses.

Check the complete “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” results on Conan Daily. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the press conference:

[PHOTOS] Kazakhstan vs Australia: Kairat Akhtemov, Reece McLaren fight at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo, Japan

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Kazakhstan and Australia were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. It was the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in the country.

“ONE: A New Era” featured 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. In the seventh bout of the evening, Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov, 31, of Kazakhstan faced Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 27, of Australia.

Blue Corner

McLaren holds a professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu record to 170 wins and 22 losses.

Red Corner

Akhmetov holds a professional Greco-Roman wrestling record of 200 wins and 25 losses.

Fight Result

Akhtemov and McLaren competed in the quarter-finals of ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. 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 Akhmetov, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: A New Era” improved Akhmetov’s professional MMA record to 26 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, McLaren now has 12 wins and 6 losses.

“ONE: A New Era” Main Event 

In the main event, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in a rematch.


Brazil, China, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United States were also represented at “ONE: A New Era.” Check all the official results on Conan Daily.

Tokyo’s Tatsumitsu Wada to make ONE Championship debut at ‘ONE: Battle for the Heavens’ in Guangzhou, China

Fighting out of Japan, two-time DEEP Flyweight Champion Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 29, is scheduled to make his ONE Championship debut on July 7, 2018. The Japanese mixed martial artist and his Filipino-Australian opponent Reece “Lightning” McLaren are co-headlining “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.

Wada and McLaren will compete in the flyweight division at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.” Currently reigning as the ONE Flyweight World Champion is Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines.

Originally from the Yamanashi prefecture, Wada moved to Tokyo after high school to further his martial arts career. He started his training with karate and later added judo to his growing skill set.

Competing professionally since 2008, Wada has established a record of 19 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest. The beginning of his career was rough as he lost in his first five bouts, all in 2008, but in 2009, he had his first MMA win, which seemed to have given him the momentum that he needed.

Wada is riding a huge wave of momentum coming into his ONE Championship debut. He is currently on an eight-bout win streak, which includes five stoppage wins.

The last time Wada lost in the cage was in 2014 when he was submitted by Yuki Motoya at “Deep- 68 Impact” via rear-naked choke. In the same year, Wada redeemed himself by submitting Ryuichi Miki via rear-naked choke at “Deep- Dream Impact 2014: Omisoka Special.”

Following the victory over Miki, Wada defeated Gyu Hwa Kim and Jae Hyun So in 2015, Jae Nam Yoo, Yuya Shibata and Kai Kara-France in 2016 and Kosuke Suzuki in 2017. In Wada’s most recent bout, which was on April 28, 2018 at “Deep- 83 Impact,” he defeated Makoto Takahashi via unanimous decision.

Here is a clip featuring Wada:

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