Representing the Philippines, Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado was the underdog when he faced Muay Thai legend Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke at “ONE: Iron Will” on March 24, 2018 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Aside from having more experience, the latter was fighting in his hometown in front of his countrymen.
But Miado did not allow himself to be intimidated by his opponent’s resume and home court advantage. After the Filipino fighter’s two unsuccessful bouts in the promotion, he finally had his first win by knocking out Amnuarysirichoke in the first round at “ONE: Iron Will.”
“First of all, I would like to thank God Almighty for bestowing this sweet victory upon me,” Miado said. “It’s my first victory in ONE Championship. I can’t explain what I am feeling right now. All the hard work in the gym has finally paid off. I am really grateful.”
Another thing that Miado is grateful for is the opportunity to compete against a martial arts veteran. The Filipino fighter from Marikina City said, “It is truly an honor to face a talented competitor and a former world champion like Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.”
“I am so satisfied as to how I performed,” Miado added. “However, I still need to fix a few things as I continue to climb the strawweight ladder of ONE Championship. I am excited about how the future will unfold as I continue my career in ONE Championship.”
Miado admitted that he had a few difficulties with getting his weight right because he had to adjust to the new weigh-in system of ONE Championship. He could cut the weight but his hydration was not correct, according to him.
“I eventually learned how to better manage my health and fitness, I was used to the old system, when I would cut a lot of water weight just to make the limit,” Miado shared. “I was capable of that, but it did not allow me to perform at my best.”
According to Miado, he has changed a lot of things around in camp. He felt much healthier and stronger and he believes it showed during his performance at “ONE: Iron Will.”
“I felt really strong, and at my peak,” Miado concluded. “I showed everybody the real me, which I was not able to do so in my last two bouts, but this time, I made sure that my performance would speak about the effort that I’ve done in training.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Amnuaysirichoke: