14/04/2024

Danial 'Mini T' Williams scored a crushing knockout victory for his first promotional win at ONE: Bad Blood - Photo: ONE FC

Danial Williams has picked up his first ONE FC win, knocking out martial arts legend Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in emphatic fashion.

Perth’s Danial Williams (4-1) has made a massive statement in his second fight with ONE FC, knocking out former Strawweight champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (12-7) in the second round to claim his first victory in the promotion.

The impressive win puts Williams in a good position within the landscape of ONE FC’s Strawweight division.

After a great effort in a Muay Thai contest against pound-for-pound star, Rodtang Jitmuangnon (267-42-10 Muay Thai) in his first outing with ONE FC, Australian combat sports fans had high hopes that Danial Williams could go a long way in the Asian promotion.

Soon matched against ONE FC’s inaugural Strawweight champion and veteran of 282 Muay Thai victories, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke at ‘ONE: Bad Blood’, Williams was set for another stern test.

The fight got off to an intense start, as Williams began to press his opponent early on, landing multiple leg kicks. The pressure from Williams prompted many exchanges in the clinch, where both fighters scored a takedown each.

Later in the first round, Williams would adjust his approach to land more body shots on his Thai opponent. A telling clean right hand then connected in the final ten seconds of the round.

The punch dazed Dejdamrong, but the round ended before the Aussie could capitalise.

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The second started off with the same pace as Williams backed his opponent into the cage. After disengaging from a clinch, the 28 year old blocked a roundhouse kick before landing a hard right cross to the body, which sent the former title holder crashing to the ground. This prompted referee Olivier Coste to stop the fight 1:35 into the round.

During his victorious post-fight interview with Mitch Chilson, Williams had nothing but respect for the defeated martial arts legend.

“It was just such an honour to fight him,” Williams said

“He’s an absolute legend, he’s still banging on with young and hungry people at the age of 43 and an inspiration to me.”

“He’s a tough animal you know, my gameplan went out the window when I realised how tough he actually was.”

Williams also said his high body shot output was an adjustment he made as an answer to Dejdamrong’s high guard.

“I just knew he keeps his hands really high,” he added.

“That was one thing that I noticed, so I knew that I’d open him up to the body because there’s just no chance for me going to his head.”

“His guard is really good and he just comes straight in.”

Though his resume is short at just five bouts, the calibre of opponent Williams has faced is stunning. Even though this is only his second fight in ONE FC, a win over a respected legend like Dejdamrong will put the Australian in the running for major fights in the future.

Rewatch ONE: Bad Blood on YouTube here

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