Team Lakay stalwart Danny “The King” Kingad will have a new opponent for his upcoming Flyweight Grand Prix bout on March 31 in Japan.

The news was confirmed after Kingad’s original combatant, Andrew Leone, was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury. However, another opponent promptly filled in the shoes that the American left.

Reigning Pancrase Flyweight Champion Senzo Ikeda will hit the ground running in his maiden bout for Asia’s leading MMA promotion as he is now slated to collide with Kingad for a chance to book a place into the semifinal stage of the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Tournament.

All of this comes after a recently formed partnership between Pancrase and ONE which now allows athletes to cross over from the Singapore-based sports property to take their respective acts onto the global stage.

Ikeda is one of the most decorated Japanese mixed martial artists and won the Pancrase featherweight title back in 2017 when he defeated Mamoru Yamaguchi via unanimous decision. He then successfully defended his title against Yuya Wakamatsu in their 2018 clash through a fifth round TKO.

Kingad, on the other hand, will try to keep his momentum of four straight victories going as he aims to make Ikeda his latest victim inside of the ONE cage.

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