Following his successful return to ONE Championship, Japanese star Tetsuya Yamada (24-5-2) is looking to build on his recent successes with victory at ONE: IRON WILL.
The Japanese ZST Welterweight Champion claimed a rear-naked choke submission of Kyle Rozewski on his return to ONE Championship last September in Shanghai.
Now he’s all set to return in Bangkok, Thailand, where he’ll move up to lightweight to take on Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev (4-1) at ONE: IRON WILL.
The Turkish powerhouse hasn’t been out of the first round in his five career bouts as a pro, and Yamada said that while he’s been impressed with what he’s seen of his opponent so far, he believes the Turk is far from the finished product.
“I think he is very strong, and a good athlete,” he told ONE Championship.
“He is young, energetic, and has good striking. However, I think that there are a lot of rough parts.”
Yamada believes his experience gained over his 31 career bouts will give him a crucial advantage when the pair meet at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.
“I think my takedowns and ground techniques are better than his,” Yamada offers.
“I believe that the longer the match goes, the more the difference in experience will show. I am making a plan to compete strongly for three rounds.”
The Japanese star, who has been preparing for the bout at the famed Tiger Muay Thai camp in Phuket, Thailand, has built his skills over a long career and says he’s ready to make a run at the ONE Lightweight World Title currently held by Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen.
Nguyen happens to be on the same card, and looks to add a third belt to his collection when he challenges bantamweight kingpin Bibiano Fernandes in the main event.
“I want to get closer to the world title by winning,” he explained.
“My dream is to get a world championship belt in ONE.”
Yamada will look to move one step closer to his dream when he competes in his adopted home of Thailand this weekend.
Facing a dangerous first-round finisher in Arslanaliev, the Japanese star says fans should expect a lively encounter.
“I expect it will be an exciting match,” he continues.
“I will continue to attack until the end, and I will finish by submission.”