As the next big ONE MMA event in Bangkok is coming closer I had the chance to ask our home town hero of the EVOLVE Fight Team a few questions. As time is precious and the intensity is slowly reaching its peak, we kept it short this time but still got a few personal answers from the former champ who is now on his way to redemption. Check out our 11 questions with Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke – Kru Rong.
Sawasdee krub Kru Rong and thank you very much for taking the time to answer a few of our questions! As you’re heavily preparing for your upcoming fight on March 11 we’ll be keeping this short and jump right into it.
1. How does it feel to come home to Thailand for this fight?
I’m very excited to return to the ONE Championship cage in Bangkok. I’m extremely proud to represent my country, and I appreciate the chance to grow MMA and educate the people in Thailand on what the sport is about.
2. Last time we saw you fight in Bangkok you, unfortunately, lost the belt. How did you cope with that experience? Who helped you with that?
I was disappointed to lose in front of my home crowd, but it made me even more determined to train harder and improve, as well as to come back and win again. The team at Evolve MMA helped me, with their encouragement.
3. Do you feel like you have something to prove now?
I just want to go out there and perform my best. Every win now is an important step towards getting another shot at the belt.
4. How do preparations for your look now? Is it more serious than before?
Training camp is going very well. I train throughout the year, but for the last month, I’ve turned up the intensity to prepare for my fight against Joshua Pacio.
5. What is the main focus in your training and preparations right now?
My training focus is split among the different disciplines of MMA. They’re all important, and any could be used in a fight.
6. Could you walk us through a ‘normal’ day for you right now?
I train twice a day, mixing up striking and grappling, wrestling and many more techniques. My training sessions are always alongside other World Champions, like Michelle Nicolini, Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, Alex Silva, Bruno Pucci, Teco Shinzato, Yodsanan Sityodtong, and so many more.
7. Do you study your opponent? What do you know about him? Or do you rather only focus on yourself?
I do research my opponent. Joshua Pacio is a well-rounded fighter, and I have a lot of respect for him. He has good striking, and is decent on the ground as well. I still believe I have the edge because of my Muay Thai experience, and if the fight should go to the ground, I’m also comfortable and confident in my grappling.
8. In regards to our first question: Is fighting in Thailand more exciting than abroad? Does it put more pressure on you?
Yes, fighting in Thailand is great, simply because I’m in front of my home crowd. There isn’t any added pressure. I’m just focussed on giving my 100 percent to get the win.
9. What is your goal for the upcoming fight? Obviously you want to win, but do you say ‘I have to finish it early to prove something’ or ‘I want to show my submission game” or anything in this regard?
No, wanting to win is my only goal. I’ll probably have to do some problem-solving during the fight, but I’m confident that I can come away with the victory.
10. Do you have any kind of habit or superstitious behavior before fights? Or anything that you always do in order to prepare?
Nothing superstitious. I just try to calm my mind and try to stay relaxed. My training is what gives me confidence that I can fight well and win.
11. Famous last words – your message to the Thai fight fans:
Thank you to my Thai fans for your support. I’m so grateful, and it truly helps to keep me going. I’m so proud to fight for my country and Evolve MMA. To showcase my national sport of Muay Thai on the global stage is such an honor.
Thank you very much Kru Rong for taking the time! Really appreciated and I am very much looking forward to seeing you live getting the win at IMPACT Arena, Bangkok on March 11!
If you want more fighter interviews, check out our interview with Kru Rong’s team mate and undefeated ONE Atom Weight World Champion Angela Lee and her opponent in the main even on March 11, Jenny Huang.
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