The former ONE Strawweight World Champion will rematch Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and he has worked avidly since they first met to orchestrate a different result.
When they first faced off last March, the Filipino scored a first-round knockout over the two-division Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion that shocked the martial arts world.
Growing up in extreme poverty, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke was no stranger to overcoming adversity. On 22 February, the former ONE World Champion looks to overcome the man responsible for his most devastating defeat.Singapore | 22 February | 6:00PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onegreatness19
Posted by ONE Championship on Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Thai Thai hero admits he was at fault that night in his native Thailand, but he believes he has the tools to put things right in his adopted hometown.
“I made some mistakes in my first match with Miado that I’ve learned from and look forward to fixing this time around,” he says
After decades as a professional athlete and the experience of a 282-65-3 record in Muay Thai on top of his mixed martial arts slate, Dejdamrong can look at a loss without emotion. Instead, he has taken lessons from the experience and used them to move forward.
“Kru Rong” immediately went back to work in the gym, and returned in November with a second-round submission victory over Himanshu Kaushik at ONE: HEART OF THE LION.
That has given him extra confidence ahead of his next match with “The Jaguar.” More importantly, it gave him extra cage time to continue his evolution as a martial artist.
Will former ONE World Champion Dejdamrong pull off another sublime submission in Singapore?Singapore | 22 February | 6:00PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onegreatness19
Posted by ONE Championship on Wednesday, February 6, 2019
“I enjoyed my last match. It was good to work in some of my ground game and get a submission,” he reflects.
“As always, there are some things to work on and improve, and I look forward to doing even better in this upcoming match.”
Like Miado, he has no personal vendetta against his opponent, or any desire to get even. By running the contest back for a second time, he gets the chance to test his training, and see if he has ironed out the errors in the gym.
“I’m not motivated by redemption, I’m just motivated to do better and get a win,” he explains.
“I have not changed anything majorly with my training, I’ve just recognized what I did wrong last time and look forward to correcting it.
“The key to victory is to stick to my game and fight with confidence.”
Pro tip: Don't take a knee from Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke 😰Singapore | 22 February | 6:00PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onegreatness19
Posted by ONE Championship on Tuesday, February 5, 2019
It also gives him the chance to face a surging strawweight as he builds his way back toward the top of the division.
Though Dejdamrong is 40 – making him an elder statesman in the martial arts world – his hunger for progress and success has kept him competitive at the highest level.
If he can overcome the man 14 years his junior, he could reintroduce himself into the World Title picture.
The strawweight division belt has changed hands frequently in recent months, and “Kru Rong” is determined to get into position to challenge for the top prize in martial arts if the opportunity arises.
“Recently the belt has changed hands a few times. It shows that there are a lot of good athletes in the strawweight division, it’s very competitive,” he says.
“I’m confident that I am able to continue my path back to the top with another win this week.”