“The Prince” Banma Duoji is set to make his ONE Championship debut and get the chance to show the world that he has the skills to take out a Thai legend.
Banma meets Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke at ONE: BATTLEGROUND III, which airs this Friday, 27 August, with the hopes of continuing his 100 percent finishing rate on the global stage of martial arts.
“I consider ONE Championship the best promotion with all the best athletes — and I am one of them,” Banma said.
“Of course, there’s a little bit of pressure for me. I haven’t fought for almost two years and that makes me a little nervous [before] facing such a high-level opponent, but I haven’t missed a day of training. I’ve been training very hard.”
“The other part of the pressure is because it’s my first time joining such a high-level promotion. I think I will turn that pressure into motivation, and I will put on a very good show,” he adds.
Banma has finished all 13 of his wins before the final bell, and 12 of those came by knockout, which he’ll look to earn against Dejdamrong — a striking legend with over 350 fights in Thailand’s national sport.
“I think his strongest part is his Muay Thai. His knees and elbows are pretty powerful,” Banma said.
“My main strategy is to prevent these attacks and utilize my right-hand strikes. I don’t think it will be a big problem.”
Fans, however, have been saying otherwise. Die-hard followers of Dejdamrong know he’s still a legitimate threat in mixed martial arts when the fight is played out on the feet.
That said, if he does pose any danger, “The Prince” has no problem contesting the match on the ground.
“A lot of people say that he’s a Muay Thai-style fighter, but he’s been fighting MMA for a very long time, so he must be very well-rounded,” he said.
“But if I had to say [what] his weaknesses [are], I would say his grappling and his wrestling. It’s not going to be better than mine, so I will find his weakness on the ground.”
If he can capitalize on this perceived weakness and earn a win, Banma has plans for himself in the organization, plans that include a run toward the pinnacle of the sport.
“I came to ONE Championship to show the power of China and show some of my new techniques,” Banma said.
“After three or four fights, I want to earn the right to compete with the champion. I would like to be the next ONE Strawweight World Champion and bring honor to my country.”
Catch all the action at ONE: BATTLEGROUND III, which airs on Friday, 27 August, on meWATCH and the ONE Super App at 8:30 p.m. SGT.
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