DANNY Kingad advanced to the Flyweight Grand Prix, edging Senzo Ikeda via unanimous decision at One: A New Era Sunday at Ryoguku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
The 23-year-old Igorot warrior displayed his improved wrestling, taking the fight to the ground before banking on his bread and butter striking in the latter rounds.
Kingad connected with a nasty right elbow late in the third round to silence the home crowd.
The Team Lakay warrior rose to a 13-1 win-loss record, as he won his last six bouts.
Kingad now braces for a semifinal clash against former One Flyweight Champion Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan, who earlier notched a unanimous decision victory over Australian Reece McLaren.
Ikeda dropped to a 12-7-1 record after replacing Andrew Leone in the stacked Tokyo card.