Several highly decorated cage warriors defied the physical boundaries of the sport and proved that age is just a number. Thai veteran Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, 39, has the same objective in mind as he steps inside the ONE Championship cage once again on March 24, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand at “ONE: Iron Will.”
“I do not pay attention too much to my age,” Amnuaysirichoke said. “As they say, it is just a number. I am still enjoying competing, and plan to for a while.”
Although many cageside pundits believe that he should call it a day due to his age, Amnuaysirichoke maintained that he is not yet done in the sport. He said, “I want to show others that if you take care of yourself and are dedicated, you can compete for as long as you want. In the end, it all comes down to discipline and hard work.”
Age has been a constant topic of conversation in modern mixed martial arts as numerous athletes in the sport chose to continue competing at a high level even if they have passed their prime. A few competitors have gained momentum and achieved excellence in their mid-to-late 30s or even early 40s, which is certainly a rarity as bodies, minds and chins of most combatants wear out at that period of their careers due to the strenuous and vehement nature of the sport.
With over 25 years of competitive experience, Amnuaysirichoke still has fire in his eyes, which has never changed as he still seeks to bring pride and honor to his country. He is recognized as one of the best Muay Thai practitioners that Thailand has ever produced.
Looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in December 2017, Amnuaysirichoke returns to action to square off with Filipino journeyman Jeremy Miado. They will co-headline “ONE: Iron Will,” which will be headlined by two champions of ONE Championship.
Meanwhile, here is a clip from the bout between Amnuaysirichoke and his Filipino opponent Robin Catalan at “ONE: Quest for Greatness” in Malaysia: