Danial Willliams got the fight he wanted. He asked to be matched with Jeremy Miado and the ONE Championship matchmakers rubber stamped the request.
Winning three fights out of three put the flyweight in a position to make demands and he was happy when this one was met,
“I was happy with this matchup as soon as it was thrown to me. I didn’t even take two seconds to think twice about it,” he told ONEFC.com.
Williams and Miado collide at ONE on Prime Video 3 next week. The fight is clearly expected to produce fireworks and the Thai/Australian sees it as a must win match for both men,
“Me and Miado makes total sense. He’s on the same brink as I am. He was in the top five a few months ago. Now I stole it, so a win for both of us here is pivotal.”
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Both men are on three fight winning streaks. But while Miado’s was put together over the course of three years Williams has needed just over six months and has earned himself the #5 spot in the rankings which the Filipino previously occupied.
Both men find themselves in situations which are similar if not identical. But only one of them is likely to find themselves ranked once this month’s results are taken into consideration and Williams says they will both fight like they have nothing to lose,
“We’re in the same boat. There’s a lot on the line for both of us, and this is why this one is going to be a banger on Prime Video.”
Williams is making a name for himself as standup specialist with knockout power. But he knows that Miado brings the same sort of threat and is taking the Filipino very seriously,
“Miado comes in hard, so I’m definitely going to tuck my chin in because I’m well-aware of his KO power. I’m not going to take too many risks when it comes to brawling with him.”
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Getting the finish
But he believes his striking is more unpredictable than his opponents and feels that will determine the outcome when they face off in Kuala Lumpur,
“I believe my power, speed, angles, and mobility will be my advantages against him. And I just feel that I’m going to be a little bit difficult for him because he’s never really fought a striker who can move like me. He’s a bit linear, straight-lined, and can be predictable with his shots. That’ll be his weakness that I want to exploit with my movement.”
Williams was handed a $50,000 USD bonus after stopping Zelang Zhaxi at ONE 159 in July. Finishing fights can be a lucrative business and that is exactly what he wants to do next week,
“Someone’s definitely getting stopped here, but it’s not going to be me. It doesn’t matter when it comes. All that matters is that I go there and get the finish.”