The two mixed martial artists will battle in the co-main event of ONE: BATTLEGROUND III this Friday, 27 August, and the Thai-based Singaporean wants to show the 24-year-old Banma what it means to step into the Circle with a veteran.
“Rising stars will use us (older fighters) as a ladder to higher rankings,” Dejdamrong said.
“But I want to tell [Banma] that winning won’t be easy. Train hard, and don’t underestimate an opponent like me.”
The former ONE Strawweight World Champion has 17 mixed martial arts bouts in ONE Championship, along with more than 350 matches in Muay Thai.
He’ll use that wealth of experience against Banma, who has a 100 percent finishing record and 12 knockouts to his name.
“He’s a good stand-up fighter and has very dangerous uppercuts. I would say his striking and combinations are quite scary. Plus, I was knocked out with [an uppercut] before. So, I have to train very hard and be very careful of this,” Dejdamrong said.
“For his ground game, I haven’t seen anything intimidating. However, as a younger and fresher fighter, I also believe he will definitely try to take the fight to the ground during the match. So, I’ve had to train more ground fighting to be able to defeat him.”
Dejdamrong may have more Muay Thai bouts than mixed martial arts matches under his belt, but he’s a staple at Evolve MMA in Singapore, where’s he’s been focusing on his ground game.
And make no mistake about it, he’ll confidently use his grappling if he has to.
“I will fight both standing up and on the ground. If he fights with me standing up, I’ll fight standing up. But if I have a chance, I’ll also take him down and apply what I’ve trained for,” Dejdamrong said.
“I’ll mostly use elbow and knee strikes if it’s a close-range fight. These are the destructive weapons that I always use for Muay Thai. It’s the fighting I’m good at. But I’ll be ready for his attack, and whenever I see an opportunity or a gap, I’ll take him down.”
That said, if he does hit a wall with his ground game, the former Muay Thai World Champion will have no problem switching tactics and doing what he does best – striking.
“That’s what I’m good at,” Dejdamrong said. “With my defense, weapons, stand-up fighting, and everything I’ve learned from Muay Thai, I can defeat him. So, if I have a chance, I’ll use Muay Thai weapons to end the fight as soon as I can.”
Banma is just as dangerous on the feet; his record proves that. But Dejdamrong isn’t focused on his foe’s repertoire. Instead, he wants to show the Chinese athlete what it really means to stand and strike.
“Banma, if you want to stand with me and strike, I’ll give you a taste of Muay Thai, and you’ll see how dangerous it could be,” The Thai legend said.
“I can’t wait to see you.”
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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