Jakarta. Adrian Matheis has been on a losing streak in his professional career lately, but the Papuan mixed martial arts fighter believes he can turn his luck around in his next bout when he faces Thailand's Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in Singapore next week.
Matheis and Amnuaysirichoke are set to clash in "ONE: Dynasty of Heroes," which will take place in the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang on May 26.
Amnuaysirichoke, a three-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai world champion with more than 25 years of competitive experience, is known as a technical striker with quick hands and lightning feet, employing some unique and very creative combinations.
However, with his height advantage, Matheis believes he can make a comeback.
"This is an honor for me to face a former world champion in Amnuaysirichoke. I am the underdog going into this, so in a way there is no pressure. I am not worried," Matheis said in a statement.
Matheis has lost two previous bouts: first against Filipino Rene "The Challenger" Catalan in a second-round submission in January, before being hammered by Thai wrestling champion Kritsada "Dream Man" Kongsrichai in the first round in March.
Driven to reinsert his name in the winner's column, Matheis chose not to dwell on his setbacks by getting straight back into action by taking on a high-profile opponent such as Amnuaysirichoke.
"I'm very excited to be called up to fight again. To fight two months after my last one shows that ONE Championship believes in me and the skills I have," he said.
There are exactly 76 days between his last ONE Championship bout and the upcoming three-round encounter with Amnuaysirichoke, but Matheis is sure that he has fully recovered and ready to give his all inside the cage.
"I had enough time for recovery. I'm back in training camp as soon as I got the call. For me, every time is training time. I train three times a day. It's my responsibility and it keeps me prepared," he said.
"I am looking to dominate him for three rounds. But hopefully, I can get the finish. A finish will be the perfect way to tell the world that I am back," he said.