Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke claimed one of the sweetest victories of his mixed martial arts career in his adopted home on Friday, 22 February.
In front of a packed house at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the 40-year-old avenged a loss when he beat the Philippines’ Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado in a 56.9-kilogram catch weight contest at ONE: CALL TO GREATNESS.
Dejdamrong, who is also a multi-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion, suffered the first knockout defeat of his mixed martial arts career when the Filipino stopped him in March 2018.
When the rematch began, Miado was bursting with confidence, and he came out with blistering combinations to start the opening round.
“The Jaguar” was lightning quick with his punches and was in and out of range to pepper the Singapore-based Thai and avoid his counters.
Despite dominating on the feet, the boxing-savvy Filipino opted to go for a takedown late in the round. It ultimately backfired, however, as Dejdamrong immediately swept “The Jaguar” and then locked on a neck crank from the top position.
While it put a grimace on Miado’s face, he was able to hang tough and work back to his feet to end the opening stanza.
As the second round got underway, “The Jaguar” was still firing away with his striking combinations.
Dejdamrong, however, retaliated in kind, and he started to find a home for more of his own counter punches and kicks.
That led to a scramble as Miado looked to take the action back down to the mat, but once again, he found himself in trouble.
“Kru Rong” sprawled out from the takedown attempt and launched a barrage of knees at his opponent’s shoulders and head.
Those explosive strikes continued to chip away at the 26-year-old, who seemed to be trapped in the position as Dejdamrong held onto a front headlock. Time after time, he blasted Miado with unanswered shots.
Finally, referee Yuji Shimada had no choice but to stop the contest, and the official end came at 2:38 into the second round.
The victory improved Dejdamrong’s mixed martial arts record to 10-4, put him on a two-bout win streak, and moved him closer to a chance to reclaim his division’s World Title.
The Thai hero also maintained his record of staying undefeated in The Lion City.