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Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok: 'I want to be the first-ever ONE FC 115-pound champion'


Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok has won four fights out of four with each performance arguably more impressive than the last, but despite establishing himself as the top contender in the flyweight division, he has no doubt what he hopes 2015 will bring.

"I want to fight for the title at 115 pounds. I know ONE FC has not started this division yet, but I hope next year it will happen because there are many good fighters at this weight in Asia who should be given the chance to show what they can do."

Having registered four straight wins inside the ONE FC cage no one would deny Dejdamrong has earned a shot at reigning flyweight champion Adriano Moraes, but the Thai feels that the combined difference in size and experience makes the Brazilian a potentially insurmountable obstacle for him.

"In Muay Thai it is no problem for me to face farang (foreigners) who are much bigger but I have not been training MMA or BJJ for very long and many of my training partners at Evolve MMA are BJJ black belts and world champions so I know how much more I need to learn. I am very good at striking, so I am not afraid to face an opponent who is very good at BJJ because in MMA everyone has different skills but if they are much bigger than me it is very difficult."

At ONE FC: "Warrior's Way" in Manila last Friday night Wushu world champion Rene Catalan made the mistake of clinching with the Thai and paid a heavy price when a knee to the midsection dropped the Filipino like a stone. It was the first standing KO of Dejdamrong's MMA career and he feels it stemmed directly from decades of Muay Thai training.

"In my Muay Thai career I was not known for using my knees but at my gym in Bangkok we used to clinch for nearly an hour every day so I have had a lot of practice being in that position. MMA is very different from Muay Thai but some things are the same."

The date of ONE FC: "Warrior's Way" was an auspicious one for Dejramdong because it fell on the birthday of Thailand's revered monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej and the 36 year old says that this is a memory which will remain with him long after his fighting career has finished.

"Thai people love the king and for me to win a fight on his birthday made me very proud and happy, this victory was dedicated to the the King of Thailand."

With four wins out of four in 2014 Dejdamrong can sit back and reflect on a very solid start to his MMA career. He's unlikely to be back in action again until February at the earliest, but has no intention of taking his foot off the gas ahead of a year which he hopes will see him realize his title aspirations.

"I will be teaching and training at Evolve MMA as normal. I am lucky to work with some very good trainers like Brodinho (Leandro Issa) and Heath Sims who can teach me a lot about things like wrestling and BJJ, I try to learn as much as I can every day so that when I next get to fight for ONE FC I can be an even better fighter than before."

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