Former inaugural ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke of Thailand is one of the most decorated martial arts World Champions on the ONE Championship roster. He’s a multiple-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion and an absolute legend in the striking community.
At 41 years of age, “Kru Rong” knows he’s already at the tail end of a long and glorious career, and he can feel the call of the sunset creeping up ever so slowly. But as long as he feels strong and able, Dejdamrong promises fans he will continue to strive for greatness.
Dejdamrong will next appear in a strawweight mixed martial arts contest opposite China’s “Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu at ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES, scheduled for Friday, 9 October, live from Singapore.
Similar to what the NBA has done in Orlando, FL for the 2020 NBA Playoffs, ONE Championship has put together a stringent set of protocols to ensure the health and safety of its athletes and staff in it’s own ‘Singapore bubble.’
This is a bout Dejdamrong feels will prove he still has a lot left in the tank.
“Age could be a factor at some point, but I’ve taken great care of myself over the years both physically and mentally. I’ve been through a lot of ring wars, but I feel strong and healthy. I can still go far, and I have big plans for the future,” said Dejdamrong.
“I think in my division, I’m still in the Top 10. I’m still a very dangerous fighter. My goal is to break the Top 5 and work my way back up to a World Title shot. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”
Dejdamrong captured the inaugural strawweight belt in 2015, with a technical decision victory over the Philippines’ Roy Doliguez. He successfully defended the title against Yago Bryan months later, but succumbed to Japan’s Yoshitaka Naito the following year. Since then he’s been on the comeback trail, trying his best to reestablish his position among the division’s elite.
“Kru Rong” is a winner of three of his last four bouts, and is determined to claw his way back to the top.
“It will all depend on my condition. I listen to my body more than anything else. If I feel like I can still compete among the best, I will do everything in my power to get back to the top. One thing I want is to get the chance to compete for the World Title again before I walk away for good,” said Dejdamrong.
ONE Championship returns for its next big blockbuster with ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES, scheduled for Friday, 9 October, and once again, the world’s greatest martial artists are ready to take the stage and showcase their incredible skills in the ONE Circle.
In the main event, reigning ONE Strawweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will defend his Muay Thai title against top contender Josh “Timebomb” Tonna of Australia.
Dejdamrong is currently in Singapore, where he’s based as an instructor at Evolve MMA and competes as a member of the famed Evolve Fight Team. Training with fellow World Champions in Muay Thai, boxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Dejdamrong continues to hone his skills as he prepares for a stiff challenge from Hexigetu.
“I’ve been keeping ready, training hard everyday and looking to improve all of my skills always, whether that’s Muay Thai, BJJ, or MMA. It’s not going to be an easy fight, because I’m going up against a young, hungry lion,” said Dejdamrong.
“My goal will always be to win. Hexigetu is not an easy opponent but I can beat him. I’ll use all of my skills that I’ve honed here at Evolve to get the job done. I’m old and getting up there in age and experience, but that doesn’t make me any less dangerous. Watch out.”