Born in London but raised in Derby in northern England, Ammari Diedrick credits early engagement with the art of Muay Thai for keeping him out of trouble as a youngster.
Diedrick grew up in an area plagued by gang activity and by the age of 11 had seen and experienced enough of the locality to know that he was going to be required to defend himself as a teenager.
He joined the youth program of a local Muay Thai school and found two things he was looking for: an art he could defend himself with and a path he could focus on.
“It was a dog eat dog kind of neighborhood. And I wanted to prove myself the top dog when I was growing up,” he recalls.
“But as I got older, I realized that wasn’t the person I wanted to be. You have one life, why waste it?”
“These days I’m a skilled fighter with the chance to make a better life for my family and my future family.
“I want my name to be remembered as one of the top fighters of this generation. My name has to be legendary - I want a legacy that my future family can be proud of.”
Diedrick competed with success on the UK circuit and was already making a name for himself when he accepted a late call for a slot in an eight-man ‘Road to GLORY’ tournament.
Despite being nearly 20 lbs lighter than most of the other fighters in the tournament, Diedrick blew through it, stopping two of his three opponents in the first round of their fights.
The win earned him a multi-fight deal with GLORY and ushered him into the international ranks, where his campaign to make his name a great one continues.