August 17, 2022
JAKARTA – ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon has established himself as one of the most dominant fighters in ONE Championship’s roster. With a perfect 11-0 slate in ONE’s Muay Thai and kickboxing divisions, “The Iron Man” is clearly the man to beat, and he’ll be putting his undefeated run in ONE on the line in his upcoming bout.
Rodtang is set to face Savvas Michael in the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix semifinals at ONE Fight Night 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II on Saturday, Aug. 27, with a spot in the tournament’s final up for grabs. Before he makes his return to the Circle, we look at three of Rodtang’s most impressive performances in ONE. Rodtang vs Jonathan Haggerty II Rodtang has faced British striking sensation Jonathan Haggerty on two occasions. His unanimous-decision victory in their first meeting was noteworthy, but his dominant performance in their second battle really showed what he was made of. The two stars rematched in January 2020, with Haggerty attempting to reclaim the flyweight Muay Thai strap that Rodtang had stripped him of only a few months earlier. In the first round, “The Iron Man” landed a body shot that knocked his opponent to the ground, and the Thai superstar never let up from there. He pressured Haggerty, and by the third round, he had landed three knockdowns to win by technical knockout. Rodtang vs. Sok Thy “The Iron Man” brought the pain to Cambodian striker Sok Thy’s legs when they met in May 2019. He threw kick after kick at his opponent, who was initially game to check what the future ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion was dishing out and respond in kind. However, in classic style, “The Iron Man” became more enthused as his foe fought back, and he began landing heavy combinations to follow his low kicks. The relentless blows eventually proved too much for Sok Thy, who succumbed to Rodtang’s power just over a minute into round two. Rodtang vs. Danial Williams If there were ever a fighter as ruthless as Rodtang, Aussie-Thai sensation Danial Williams could take that prize. However, when they fought in April 2021, “Mini T” got a glimpse at just how aggressive the Thai superstar could be. Williams, who was making his ONE debut in their battle, was steadfast from the outset, and he barreled through Rodtang’s heavy combinations. But once Rodtang brought out his elbows, “Mini T” struggled to answer. The firefight raged for three spectacular rounds, and though Williams put up an incredible challenge, it was Rodtang who took the win via unanimous decision. But as a reward for their effort, the fight was later named the 2021 ONE Super Series Fight of the Year. To catch Rodtang in action at ONE Fight Night 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II, tune in to NETVERSE, Vidio.com, Kaskus TV and MAXstream at 7 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB) on Saturday, Aug. 27. The main card will follow on NETVERSE, Vidio.com, Kaskus TV and MAXstream at 9 a.m. WIB. NET TV will air a same-day delay at 10:30 p.m. WIB. Also, tickets for the event are now available at onefc.com/tickets. This article was published in collaboration with ONE Championship.