Unlike the other Thai combatants on the burgeoning world-class roster of ONE Championship, Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai, 26, was cut from a different cloth. The native of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand has an extensive background as a wrestler while the rest came from striking backgrounds, most prominently Muay Thai.
Kongsrichai is a 13-time Thai wrestling champion who proudly owns an impressive 180-20 record in competition. He shared, “I started out as a wrestler. Unlike some of the other Thai fighters in the sport or in this organization, I didn’t come from a Muay Thai background.”
“It’s quite unusual,” Kongsrichai said. “But as years passed by, I learned how to embrace it. I realized there are instances that it’s good to be different.”
Now that Kongsrichai is a professional mixed martial artist, his approach on his quest of reaching the sport’s summit will not be different as he always finds positives in any situation. As a dedicated competitor with tons of confidence and humility, he always looks forward on improving and reinventing himself in the constantly-evolving sport of mixed martial arts.
Kongsrichai’s pursuit to prove that he belongs to the ONE Championship cage continues on March 24, 2018 in front of his countrymen as he squares off with a young and tough Filipino foe like Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 27. They are slated to lock horns on the undercard of “ONE: Iron Will,” which takes place at the 12,000-seater Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Currently, Kongsrichai carries a professional win-loss standing of 6-3 into his three-round strawweight encounter with Catalan. Still, the Thai fighter sees a lot of work that needs to be done after winning two of his assignments in 2017.
In the 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: