• Jeremy Miado opens up about how he trained for his upcoming fight at ONE: Heavy Hitters
  • A chance to fight a ranked strawweight could be on the horizon for the Filipino if he wins
  • Miado is open to the idea of facing Hiroba Minowa next

Filipino standout Jeremy Miado hopes to extend his winning streak to three when he faces Japanese striker Senzo Ikeda at ONE: Heavy Hitters on Friday, January 14.

Speaking to the media in a virtual press conference last Friday, January 7, Miado outlined his preparation for his upcoming fight.

“We prepared for every aspect of this upcoming fight, especially cardio and wrestling, and then working on countering his strikes because he enjoys trading punches throughout a fight. He has an awkward style when fighting, but he really knows how to use it to his advantage. I do think I have the advantage when it comes to speed, though," Miado remarked.

Training under Marrok Force MMA in Thailand, Miado experienced his first winning streak in ONE Championship by defeating Chinese knockout artist Miao Li Tao twice in two years, first with a flying knee and with a barrage of punches in their second meeting.

Despite being 39 years old, Ikeda proved that age is just a number when he continually pushed the pace against Team Lakay fighters Danny Kingad and Lito Adiwang in a losing effort in both fights.

Miado also revealed that he is very much aware that he is knocking on the door of potentially facing a top-five fighter in his division if he picks up the win against Ikeda.

Although the 29-year-old Filipino is completely focused on Ikeda, he would like to share the cage with No. 4-ranked Hiroba Minowa next.

“I think [Hiroba] Minowa would be a good matchup for me. He’s really gotten his name to be recognized within the promotion since he’s already faced two guys in the top five, so it would also look good on my resume if I beat him, if we ever fight,” Miado opined.

Ikeda and Miado will serve as the opening fight of the ONE: Heavy Hitters card, where the main event will feature ONE Women’s Strawweight queen Xiong Jing Nan defending her title against No. 4-ranked Ayaka Miura.

ONE: Heavy Hitters will be streaming live on the ONE Super App and official ONE Championship YouTube channel for fans in Asia on Friday, January 14 at 8:30 PM SGT (7:30 AM ET in the United States).