A jaguar not seeing action for a long time is a dangerous beast. That is precisely what Jeremy Miado displayed during his return bout last October 29 at ONE: NEXTGEN, where he obliterated his Chinese rival, Miao Li Tao, in their rematch.
Miado scored another emphatic stoppage in the second round of their strawweight showdown and reasserted his mastery over the Chinese fighter to pick up his second straight win.
With this equally impressive victory, the “Jaguar” is gradually climbing the division’s rankings, and a couple more wins could potentially put him in the top 5 contenders, so the question now is, who should Jeremy Miado face next? We’ve listed the potential next opponents for the Filipino slugger.
The former strawweight champion absorbed a defeat to fellow Japanese, Yosuke Saruta, in their September 2020 encounter via unanimous decision and was recently removed from the official rankings. “Nobita” could test Miado’s grappling skills, especially since 6 out of his 15 wins came via submissions. On the other hand, Jeremy has five wins by way of KO/TKO, so if this bout comes to fruition, this will be another classic match-up between a striker and a grappler.
Pongsiri Mitsatit is currently on a four-fight losing streak, bowing to Li Miao Tao, Yoshitaka Naito, Lito Adiwang, and Akihiro Fujisawa, respectively. However, the Thai is still a dangerous opponent for anyone in the division. Besides, he still holds a victory over Miado, as he stopped him during their first meeting in November 2017 via TKO through vicious elbows. A rematch with the former Chiang Muay Thai champion could evaluate Jeremy’s visibly improved stand-up game, which he showed in his bout against Miao Tao, thus getting one back against a former tormentor.
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Lastly, a rematch with another former champion, Dejdamrong, can have all the sense, especially moving forward. I couldn’t get enough of Jeremy getting back at his previous adversaries. Right? Well, let me expound on this potential return match thought of mine. First, Dejdamrong proved that he still has a lot left in his tank by baptizing China’s “Pretty Boy,” Banma Duoji, last April for his maiden stint under ONE Championship and left him with another TKO stoppage defeat. The 42-year old seems to age like a fine wine in his own right. A second go between these two athletes could be a contender eliminator in the rankings, thus fighting another top competitor to finally make a case in the inclusion in the cream of the crop of fighters in the Strawweights. Additionally, if Miado can pick up a win over a seasoned and veteran fighter like Dejdamrong, his stock will surely soar high.
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