Rambaa Somdet saw his UFC dreams dashed recently when an 11 fight win streak which had lasted 14 years was snapped by a split decision defeat but there is another Thai waiting in the wings to take his role as the country’s blue chip MMA prospect.
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is already 3-0 and will be looking for a fourth straight win when he takes on Wushu world champion Rene Catalan at ONE FC: Warrior’s Way in Manila next month.
Somdet’s most significant achievement during his Muay Thai career was winning a Channel 7 title but Dejdamrong reached the very pinnacle of the sport by becoming a champion at Lumpinee Stadium.
His Muay Thai days might be over but Dejdamrong is enjoying a new lease of life as an MMA fighter and says his interest in fighting has been rejuvenated,
“At Lookbanyai Gym which was my Muay Thai team the training was very heavy and it was the same every day but MMA is different because there is so much to learn. It’s exciting.”
During his Muay Thai days Dejdamrong competed mainly at 108 lbs, winning the Lumpinee title in this division but he has been making waves in ONE FC’s highly competitive 125 lbs division.
While Dejdamrong has been holding his own so far with three straight stoppage wins he believes he would be better suited to fighting at 115 lbs,
“It’s very easy for me to fight at 125 because I don’t have to lose any weight and I can eat what I want but the fighters are always taller than me. If ONE FC decides to start a 115 division I think I would drop down, in MMA the weigh in is one day earlier than Muay Thai so losing 10 lbs would not be a big problem.”
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Dejdamrong’s recent ascent up the ONE FC flyweight rankings is how many of his wins have come by submission. His last two opponents have both tapped out and he feels he is becoming increasingly comfortable on the ground,
“I started training with the team at Evolve MMA for fun but I enjoyed it and when they asked me if I wanted to try fighting I said ‘yes’. I work every day with Brodinho (Leandro Issa) from Brazil and he is very good at BJJ, he teaches me something different every day.”
Dejdamrong’s success in MMA has brought him some recognition in his native Thailand, where ONE FC is screened live on Fox Sports, and he says the media is beginning to show an interest in the sport,
“There have been some articles about me in some Muay Thai magazines in Thailand, people know that ONE FC is a very important MMA event and they are happy to see a Thai fighter is having success.”
ONE FC: Warrior’s Way is set for the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on December 5th and sees Dejdamrong face an opponent who has won numerous world titles in Wushu in what promises to be an intriguing clash of styles.
The Thai might have complete confidence in his Muay Thai but says he will be prepared for whatever his opponent brings to the table,
“Even if he is very good at the Chinese style of fighting it will be difficult for him to beat me in a Muay Thai match but this is MMA and there are many more ways to win. My coaches at Evolve MMA are preparing me for everything and I am very confident I will win.”
Interview and translation courtesy of Evolve MMA .