Former WMC muay Thai world champion "Mini T" Danial Williams is on a roll.
This past Friday the Perth native continued his spectacular MMA run at "ONE 156: Eersel vs. Sadikovic" as he defeated Japanese grappler Namiki Kawahara via unanimous decision inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Williams, who is also the No. 5-ranked strawweight muay Thai contender, brilliantly utilized his striking repertoire and ground defense to earn his second consecutive victory. The win also pushed his MMA record to 5-1.
Though Kawahara landed some takedowns and threatened with submissions on the canvas, "Mini T" knew he needed to remain calm.
"Staying patient was the key to going to the floor because, like, I'm still a blue belt (in Brazilian jiu-jitsu), and I'm in a world-class strawweight division now, so we knew it was going to be difficult on the ground 'cause I still had a lot of work to do," Williams said after the win.
"He was very shifty, and that's what we expected. He moves a lot, and I did (injure) my (right) hand again. The thumb is really swollen now, so I can't really clench my fist. That did play a part in trying to keep throwing it and then doubling up my shots, but yeah, it is what it is."
Williams frequently tagged Kawahara with the right hand, and he even dropped the Japanese fighter with a powerful cross 90 seconds into round two. "Mini T" followed him to the mat to secure the finish, but it proved to be unsuccessful.
Looking back, the Perth resident believes he could have approached the situation more wisely.
"I thought I did have him in the second round, but I thought I kind of rushed the gun a little bit trying to get that $50,000 bonus," Williams said. "I should have let him stand up and pick my shots a bit more, but as I said, it's all just a learning curve."
Williams wants Miado in MMA, Prajanchai in muay Thai
Now with victories over DEEP strawweight champion Kawahara and former ONE strawweight world champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Williams believes he is ready for bigger challenges – both in MMA and muay Thai.
In MMA, he wants to test his skills against No. 5-ranked strawweight contender Jeremy Miado. The Filipino has a boxing and Muay Thai background, and he's also riding a three-bout winning streak, all comprised of stoppage victories.
Ultimately, Williams believes the two would produce fireworks in the ONE circle.
"I just like his style," Williams said. "I'm here to put on a show for the fans. The fans want to see action. I'm here to put on a show for the fans, and Miado is going to be the guy who's going to give it to me."
This story first published at ONEFC.com.