Despite the obvious lack of betting odds available at press time, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke seems to be the favorite defeat Yoshitaka Naito and successfully defend his ONE Championship strawweight title. Amnuaysirichoke holds the status of favorite even though he is ranked six spots lower in the Fight Matrix rankings. In fact, over the last four quarters Naito has held a significant, and growing, edge in ranking points.
Another point in favor of Naito is the fact that the Japanese MMA scene is much more advanced than the developing one in Thailand. For example, Naito enters this fight as the Shooto champion. Shooto has been hosting professional event since 1989. While in Thailand, the sport was unofficially banned in 2012. With that being said, in ONE Championship Japanese fighters, as a whole, have not performed that far above average.
Winning Percentage by Country in ONE (Minimum 10 Fights)
Fight Forecast is a recurring series at StrikeScore that provides a stats based preview of upcoming events. The following uses Fight Matrix rankings, peak rank, Tapology user votes and Rankings Momentum.
In this case, the period used for Rankings Momentum was 7/1/2014 to 4/1/2016. Fighters must have been ranked in at least four quarters during the period to be included. Tapology scores are taken from May 26 at 9:45 p.m. EST.