The latest edition of Sports Ratings’ list of the world’s finest martial arts athletes is now out, and four of Team Lakay’s fighters found themselves among the best in the world yet again.
Leading the pack in this month’s edition is flyweight warrior Danny ‘The King’ Kingad, who is coming off a win in his latest assignment against Reece McLaren in the semi-finals of the ONE World Flyweight Grand Prix. Kingad earned himself the fourth spot in the overall flyweight rankings, three spots behind Demetrious Johnson, who will be his opponent for the finale in October.
Although competing in the strawweight division and currently ONE Championship’s reigning title holder in that weight class, Joshua ‘The Passion’ Pacio also made the flyweight list at number eight. During his most recent showcase in April, Pacio reclaimed his title belt after knocking out Yosuke Saruta at ONE: Roots of Honor in Manila.
In addition to Kingad and Pacio on the flyweight list is Geje ‘Gravity’ Eustaquio, who currently sits at the number 21 spot despite dropping a match to Yuya Wakamatsu earlier this month. Coming off a unanimous decision victory over Kyu Sung Kim in May, ‘Gravity’ was defeated via knockout by his Japanese foe at ONE: Dawn of Heroes.
Rounding out Team Lakay’s stable of prized fighters on the list is slugger Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon, who is comfortably sitting as the fifth best bantamweight competitor in the world. Belingon has been a staple on the list, with a peak ranking of second best bantamweight fighter which came earlier this year. Currently, he is two spots behind long-time nemesis Bibiano Fernandes.
Both fighters are scheduled to meet for the fourth time come October in Tokyo to finally close out the chapter between the two, with the victor walking away as ONE Championship’s undisputed bantamweight title holder.
Visibly missing on the rankings is veteran lightweight star Eduard ‘The Landslide’ Folayang, who absorbed a second straight loss when he was submitted by Eddie Alvarez in the first round of their ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal match earlier this month. Folayang, who is no stranger to being listed as one of the world’s top lightweights, will be looking to bounce back once he returns to action.
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