Jeremy Miado will be looking for his fourth straight win when he takes on Danial Williams at ONE on Prime Video 3 in Kuala Lumpur this Saturday. The Filipino will also have his sights set on his opponent’s #5-ranking in the strawweight division.
Miado has slipped 0ut of the top five but has not fought as frequently as Williams. He hasn’t managed to get in three bouts during a calendar year since 2019 and thinks this was a factor in his opponent being ranked above him.
“I guess we can say that he’s just more active than me. Maybe that’s why they decided to put him over me in the rankings. But that’s not a problem for me because now I’ll get to face him. Now what I plan to do is take that ranking back directly from him,” he told ONEFC.com.
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Williams is also ranked #5 in the strawweight Muay Thai division and went the distance with Rodtang Jitmuangnon on his ONE Championship debut. Miado is well aware of his opponent’s striking credentials but believes his superior experience in MMA will make the difference,
“I believe he’s faced a higher quality of opponents when it comes to solely striking, but if we’re going to talk about mixed martial arts, then I believe I’m more experienced than him, and that’s something that I have over him,” he said.
Miado once knocked out Muay Thai veteran Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. He knows he is taller and believes he will also be faster than Williams,
“I believe I’m going to have a reach advantage in this fight. I think it works well because my hands are also faster than his, and that combination of reach and speed is something that I can use to my advantage. Don’t get me wrong, he’s got power in his hands, but I think mine are quicker.”
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Expect a finish
Miado also believes he will have an advantage on the ground,
“If there’s a chance for me to go for a takedown then I’ll take him down. But if I feel like I’m ahead in the striking and I feel comfortable, then why would I take him down? I guess it will depend on how the momentum of the match plays out.”
If he can finish Williams then a spot in the rankings awaits and Miado probably won’t have to wait a year for his next fight. His last five fights have all finished inside two rounds and the Filipino thinks this one will play out in much the same fashion,
“This one’s going to be a fight between two men who are willing to throw hands. I expect a finish.”