Jakarta. Thai mixed martial arts fighter Yodsanan "Little Tyson" Sityodtong will face Indonesia-based Liberian fighter Jerome S. Paye on the undercard of One Championship tournament at GOR Kertajaya Arena in Surabaya, East Java, on July 29.
Sityodtong has brought his country to the top of the boxing world when he captured the coveted World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight title in front of his countrymen more than a decade ago.
Now as a mixed martial arts fighter and one month shy of his 43rd birthday, he still seeks to bring pride and honor to his country.
With three wins and one loss as a professional MMA competitor after racking a stunning record of 58-3-1 with 47 knockouts as a pugilist, Sityodtong looks to continue his success in the ONE Championship cage.
Representing Evolve MMA, one of the top-notch martial arts gyms in the world, this will be Sityodtong's second bout this year following his second-round demolition of Philippine standout Ramon Gonzales in Thailand in March.
Known by the moniker "Little Tyson" due to his monstrous punching power, the 167-centimeter-tall native of Thailand's Srisaket province is currently in deep training for his three-round bantamweight encounter with Paye, while also focusing on learning all the disciplines necessary in his MMA journey.
Training with numerous martial arts champions at Evolve MMA, Sityodtong said upgrading and honing his fighting skills has gone smoothly.
"My training camp is progressing very well. My ground game has improved the most. I've had to learn how to mix up the different martial arts and how to put it all together into cohesive movements and strategies," he said in a statement on Tuesday (04/07).
Sityodtong believes his eagerness to learn has been one of the main reasons for his early success in his campaign.
"I've fought many times, with most of them against the best boxers in the world. That experience has helped me immensely in transitioning to MMA. The experience I get from training with different world champions at Evolve MMA on a daily basis is an amazing honor. Evolve MMA is one of the best on the planet," he said.
Sityodtong hopes his revamped set of skills will carry him to victory as he shares the ONE Championship cage with Paye.
"I'm very excited to represent Thailand and to showcase my skills inside the cage," he stated. "I'm getting better, getting stronger and learning more as the days go by."
With the ability to make it difficult for any challenger, Paye seeks to claim his first victory under the ONE Championship banner at the expense of Sityodtong.
Although Paye poses a threat to the highly revered Thai boxing champion, Sityodtong remains optimistic of walking out of the cage as the victor.
"He's a strong fighter and I take him seriously. I'm more experienced than him, and I'm confident of my skills, no matter where the fight goes," Sityodtong cautioned. "I know that I have the ability to get the better of him. I will put on a good show in front of my countrymen."
With plans for more bouts this year, Sityodtong believes a win over Paye will see him take on the big names in ONE Championship's stacked bantamweight division.