Kairat Akhmetov Defeats Danny Kingad via a Dominant Unanimous Decision at ONE: WINTER WARRIORS II

Published 12/17/2021, 10:14 AM EST


Fans got to witness several exciting bouts in the second chapter of the ONE: WINTER WARRIORS series. One such intriguing fight was the flyweight MMA bout between Danny Kingad and Kairat Akhmetov in the main event at ONE: WINTER WARRIORS II.

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Several eyes were on this bout as the two finally locked horns after several cancellations. Furthermore, the war of words between the pair during the build-up of ONE: WINTER WARRIORS II added more intrigue to their clash.

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Kingad, who was 14-2 coming into this bout, was coming off a spectacular unanimous decision victory over Wei Xie. Furthermore, ‘The King’ remained unfazed by all the digs taken by his foe and used it as motivation during his training.

Meanwhile, Akhmetov, who was 24-2 coming into this bout, was riding on an amazing 3-fight win streak. Moreover, ‘The Kazakh’ didn’t hold back while berating Kingad’s striking and grappling skills.

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Kingad landed the first strike of the fight, a low kick. However, Akhmetov immediately grabbed his leg and attempted a successful takedown. ‘The Kazakh’ controlled the majority of the first round through his elite ground game, while ‘The King’ tried getting back up on his feet.

The second round was not much different from the first, with Akhmetov controlling the fight through his grappling. Kingad had his moments in the second half of round three. However, it was Akhmetov who took the last minute of the round. 

The bout resulted in Akhmetov claiming a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Kingad.

What’s next for ‘The King’ and ‘The Kazakh’?

Both fighters were top-ranked contenders coming into this bout. Kingad held the #2 position, while Akhmetov held the #4 position in the ONE flyweight rankings

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Thus, it is safe to say that the winner will either fight another top-ranked contender or for the title. As Akhmetov won this fight, it will be him who might get a title shot or another top-ranked contender in his next fight. 

Meanwhile, Kingad will have to go back to the drawing board to figure out what went wrong. Nevertheless, even ‘The King’ will face a top-ranked contender in his next bout, considering his pre-fight rankings. 

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Were you excited to watch ONE: WINTER WARRIORS II? Do share with us your favorite fight from this exciting event in the comments section down below.

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC, and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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