While most Thai ONE Championship fighters came from striking backgrounds, mostly Muay Thai, Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai, 26, of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand has an extensive background as a wrestler. He is a 13-time Thai wrestling champion who proudly owns an impressive 180-20 record in competition.
Kongsrichai wants to improve his skills in all aspects of martial arts. He said, “I’m sharpening everything. I’m putting my Muay Thai and wrestling skills to the next level.”
“I want to be a complete martial arts package,” Kongsrichai explained. “I’ve been fighting and training since seven years old. To reach my goals and fulfill my dreams in life, you need to sacrifice and learn everything to succeed.”
With the aim to be a more versatile competitor inside the cage, Kongsrichai revealed that he and his team are very focused on honing his stand-up game to complement his grappling pedigree. He said, “They’ll be seeing a different fighting beast on March 24th. I’m very excited on showing the upgraded Kritsada. My team will do everything to help me reach my martial arts dreams.”
Although Kongsrichai aced his last two outings under the ONE Championship banner, he refuses to be complacent as he takes every match in his budding career as a lesson that will strengthen him as a martial artist. Describing himself as a very positive person, he takes each win and loss as a lesson to learn and to develop.
“We always go back to the drawing board to review and maximize everything that we can get from my previous fights,” Kongsrichai stated. “The best part of it is that I’m improving every day. I’m looking forward to have a successful 2018.”
The last time Kongsrichai lost in the cage was in August 2016 when he was submitted by former world title contender Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of the Philippines in the first round. In March 2017, the Thai fighter redeemed himself by defeating Indonesian dynamo Adrian Mattheis via rear-naked choke in the first round.
In December 2017, Kongsrichai made quick work of Rabin “The Rock” Catalan, 31, of the Philippines by way of first-round technical knockout. On March 24, 2018, the Thai fighter will fight in front of his countrymen against Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 27, Rabin’s brother, in the strawweight division at “ONE: Iron Will” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
“Someday, I will be a champion but my full focus is on my next opponent right now,” Kongsrichai declared. “A win in this fight will definitely improve my position in the division.”
In the main event of “ONE: Iron Will,” ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, of Brazil will defend his title from ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Vietnam. Here is a trailer for the event: