Davit Kiria will seek to make it third time lucky when he takes on #3 ranked Sittichai Sitsongpeenong at ONE: âOnly the Braveâ on Friday. A place in the final of the featherweight kickboxing Grand Prix is on the line but the Georgian has already lost twice to the Thai.
He knows heâll need to pull something special out of the bag if he wants to get the job done this time,
“I have to do something new and unexpected, give him some surprises if I want to win this fight. I have to do something special. Iâll do my best to show up in the cage and to prove that Iâm one of the best,” he said.
The pair first met at Glory in 2015. Sitthichai won via knockout after unleashing a decisive knee to the body in the second round. They faced each other in the same promotion a year later with Sitthichai getting the nod from the judges.
However the Thai believes his opposite number has improved massively since they last fought and described him as a ‘scary opponent’.
Kiria is flattered, and responded by saying,
“This is how he thinks and this is how he sees me. Itâs true that Iâve worked a lot. I improve a lot. I developed. (So) thanks for this kind of comment.”
The Zugdidi-born fighter is a former champion in both Glory and Kunlun and this will be his third outing in ONE Championship. His last encounter came in the quarter final against Enriko Kehl, and the 33 year old says heâs motivated by the prospect of finally beating an old adversary and securing a place in the Grand Prix final,
“Iâm not going to talk about my fight plans, but I know why Iâm here and what I want. I have an extra motivation and a good reason for it. I want to win this tournament. Itâs my biggest dream and my biggest plan. And I also have a rematch so I think these two reasons will help me to get the victory.”