‘I Always Wanted To Live The Married Life’ – Rodtang Opens Up About Wedding, Goals After Fighting
Thai superstar Rodtang Jitmuangnon has had a busy start to his 2023 – both inside and outside the ONE Championship Circle.
In January at ONE Fight Night 6, the longtime ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion earned a thrilling decision victory over Jiduo Yibu in a catchweight kickboxing contest.
Just one month later, he took a massive step forward in his personal life, marrying his girlfriend and fellow Muay Thai fighter Aida Looksaikongdin while converting to his wife’s religion of Islam along the way.
Undefeated in 13 all-striking fights in ONE, Rodtang is one of the planet’s most popular and beloved combat sports athletes. Naturally, fans are wondering how he and his bride got together.
The 25-year-old recently spoke to ONEFC.com about the couple’s relationship and their years-long courtship:
“I met Aida in 2020. We talked through messages and got closer until we decided to date each other. We once broke up because we didn’t understand each other. But when we both grew up, we talked to each other again and decided to begin again in our relationship until we were married.”
While “The Iron Man” is still in the prime of his career and has shown no signs of slowing down, he also enjoys the security that a healthy marriage will provide after he’s done fighting the best of the best in ONE Championship.
Rodtang recognizes that he’ll have a window of time to sit atop the martial arts world. From there, he can look forward to settling into a simple retirement – whenever that may come:
“I always wanted to live the married life and have a family because I’m getting older. I’ve been a fighter for a long time and I’m tired. You can’t stay in this career forever. As a fighter, time is limited for us in this career. I want to live the rest of my life with my happy family.
Rodtang Wants To Be A ‘Role Model’ For His Future Children
On May 5, Rodtang Jitmuangnon will have his first fight as a married man when he defends his flyweight Muay Thai crown against Mexican standout Edgar Tabares at ONE Fight Night 10: Johnson vs. Moraes on Prime Video.
It’s a massive opportunity to compete at ONE’s historic debut on United States soil in front of a sold-out crowd at 1stBank Center in Colorado.
And now that he’s planning to start a family of his own, the Thai megastar is more motivated than ever to make his wife and future children proud:
“I want to have kids and enjoy a couple’s life. And if I can, I will have my own gym for our next generation of fighters. Of course, since I have a family now, I must have more determination. And I have an explicit goal to be a role model for my children. I want them to see dad as their idol.”