Rodtang Jitmuangnon gets a shot at ONE Championship gold


Rodtang Jitmuangnon has been one of the most dominant stadium fighters in Thailand and is well on his way to replicating that success with ONE Championship.

Jitmuangnon put on a stunning performance in front of his hometown crowd on Friday evening, with a dominant victory at ONE: Warriors of of Light.

The Thai superstar defeated Cambodia’s Sok Thy via second-round TKO in their ONE Super Series Muay Thai flyweight encounter, and in doing so secured a shot at Jonathan “The General” Haggerty’s belt.

Rodtang punishes Sok Thy in Bangkok.

The 21-year-old Bangkok native pressed his Cambodian rival to the fence and offered no escape by cutting him off with punches. He followed them up with powerful attacks to the lead thigh.

Sok Thy tried to keep “The Iron Man” off with punches and push kicks, but Rodtang would not be deterred. He stepped back into range every time, and dialed up the power of his output with every combination.

The damage was evident as the round wore on.

With just seconds remaining in the stanza, more attacks to the lead leg caused Sok Thy to limp, and the two-time Omnoi Stadium Muay Thai World Champion went on a rampage with hooks and low kicks, which dropped his foe to the canvas.

Rodtang’s agenda was clear as he ran out to start round two. The Thai knew his adversary was vulnerable, and he relentlessly set out to finish him.

The Jitmuangnon Gym representative scored with jabs and left hooks to set up his low kicks, and each attack weakened his rival substantially.

“The Iron Man” picked up his first stoppage win with ONE, pushing his record to a massive 256-41-10.

Speaking after the win, Rodtang called for support in a title challenge against Haggerty.

“It was always my dream that one day I would fight for the World Title,” he said. “Right now, I know that my dream is coming true very soon.”

ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong immediately gave the thumbs up to confirm the next battle for the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title in the near future.


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