The sun’s piercing rays hit the hot tin roof of the open training shed. Bodies work tirelessly as pools of sweat seem to follow them around. The sounds of legs crashing into pads and the grunts of boys, girls, men and women echo throughout the facility. Everybody is working hard. Everybody wants to be a competitive athlete and do their country proud.

Most countries in the world tend to have a national sport. In the United States, for instance, it’s football—or baseball, depending on who you ask. In the United Kingdom, it’s soccer. Thailand? Its national sport shows the country’s deep roots in combat sports. There, Muay Thai is the sport of choice. From an early age there are kids out there that have competition instilled in them.

Some kids will grow up with gloves and shorts as their staples. Not all of them can go on to claim world titles, but Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke certainly did.

“Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand, and growing up I have always been intrigued by such a beautiful form of martial arts,” he revealed to The MMA Corner. “I also had the support from my family, and I was extremely passionate for the sport.”

It was long ago when Sor Amnuaysirichoke stepped into the ring for the very first time.

“I remember being nervous, but yet at the same time I was extremely excited to be making my debut,” Sor Amnuaysirichoke recalled. “One fight which particularly stood out for me was my fight against Yodsanklai Petchyindee. That fight led to my very first of three Lumpinee Muay Thai World Championship titles, and it was one of the best fights that I have ever had.”

The transition from competitor to coach allows a fighter to remain involved in the sport that they have dedicated their life to. That is no different for Sor Amnuaysirichoke. He has taken up a chance to join the world-class coaching team at Singapore’s Evolve MMA. It was pivotal for Sor Amnuaysirichoke in rekindling his love for competition.

“Evolve MMA was looking to add more Muay Thai world champions to its already incredible stable of world champions during that time, and I was offered this amazing opportunity by fellow Evolve instructors Saknarong Sityodtong and Saenghirun Lookbanyai to be a part of Evolve MMA,” Sor Amnuaysirichoke explained. “I remember being really impressed at how many world champions they had under one roof, so I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it.”

With over 350 professional bouts to his name, Sor Amnuaysirichoke has seen a lot in the realm of combat sports. With so many memories, figuring out his greatest accomplishments is not an easy task. Looking to the future, he hopes to add even more to his legacy as a competitor.

“My biggest accomplishment definitely has to be being a three-time Lumpinee Muay Thai World Champion, and also being able to make my MMA debut this coming Saturday, 14th of June, at the grandest stage of Asian MMA at ONE FC: Era of Champions,” he said. “Being able to transition from Muay Thai to a MMA artist has definitely been one of my biggest accomplishments, and training alongside world champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling at Evolve MMA has definitely helped me achieve this goal.”

With a wealth of experience in combat sports, Sor Amnuaysirichoke decided that it was time to try his hand at a new discipline. It was the inspiration of his peers in Singapore that led him to decide to make his MMA debut with ONE FC.

“I decided to start competing in MMA after watching the world champions on the Evolve Fight Team train on a daily basis,” Sor Amnuaysirichoke admitted. “The reason was because I wanted to test myself on a different level, and watching my teammates, such as Leandro Issa, Leandro Ataides, Ben Askren, really gave me an adrenalin rush.”

The transition from Muay thai to MMA is no easy feat. Sor Amnuaysirichoke has a striking base, and it would be easy for his opponent to target the grappling aspect of the fight.

“Definitely looking to put my new set of skills, such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling, to the test at ONE FC: Era of Champions,” Sor Amnuaysirichoke said. “I have been training five days a week, four hours a day with BJJ World champions such as Leandro Issa, Herbert Burns, Leandro Ataides and wrestlers such as Jake Butler, Heath Sims and Ben Askren, so I’m definitely excited to put these new set of skills to the test. I’ve definitely incorporated wrestling and BJJ into my training, and my teammates on the Evolve Fight Team has made it a very exciting journey for me.”

With the pride of a nation and a successful fight team behind him for his debut, Sor Amnuaysirichoke will enter the ONE FC cage with success at an elite level firmly etched into his mind. What he has done in the sport of Muay Thai cannot be forgotten, and now a new portion of his legacy as a competitor will be forged. Once a fighter, always a fighter.

Dejdamrong would like to thank Chatri Sityodtong for giving him the opportunity to be a part of Asia’s No. 1 MMA academy. He would also like to thank everyone on the Evolve Fight Team, the Evolve Family, the Evolve Students and especially his family for their constant support.
  • carriesim

    Wishing Kru Rong all the best as he embarks on a new chapter in his fighting career!