If you’d spoken to Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke a few years ago and asked him what he expected to be doing at the age of 37, the answer probably wouldn’t have been “fighting.”
Dejdamrong definitely couldn’t have predicted he would become Thailand’s first ever ONE Championship champion and be handed the opportunity to defend that title in the main event of the biggest MMA show the country has ever seen.
But this Friday night, the Thai will be facing Shooto strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito in a title bout that headlines ONE: Kingdom of Champions. All eyes will be on Dejdamrong with 10,000 fans expected to flock to the Impact Arena for this groundbreaking event.
He has previously won titles at the famous Lumpinee Stadium, but this will be Dejdamrong’s first MMA fight in Thailand. He is determined to defend the belt and extend his perfect 6-0 record.
“This is the biggest fight that I’ve had in my MMA career. It’s an important fight because I have a chance to bring MMA into Thailand for the first time and defend my belt there.”
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There has been some resistance to MMA in Thailand and the sport was briefly banned, but people have come to realize that the relationship with Muay Thai can be symbiotic. Fighters like Dejdamrong have helped to raise international awareness of what a devastatingly effective striking base the “science of the 8 limbs” can be.
Having been a Muay Thai fighter for nearly 30 years before turning to MMA, Dejdamrong ….View full article