Rodtang Wants Superlek’s Kickboxing Gold, Then Shot In Openweight Muay Thai Grand Prix

Rodtang Jitmuangnon after the win against Jiduo Yibu at ONE Fight Night 6

Rodtang Jitmuangnon delivered another scintillating performance at ONE Fight Night 6: Superbon vs. Allazov, cementing his position as the most exciting fighter in the world. 

“The Iron Man” defeated Jiduo Yibu via unanimous decision at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, entertaining the home crowd with his usual blend of skills and showmanship.

Now 13-0 in ONE’s striking disciplines following his dominant three-round victory on Friday, January 13, ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang could be forgiven for getting a little cocky.

It’s not that the usually humble Thai athlete is positioning himself ahead of his peers – he just knows he will never back down from any challenge.

He said:

“I consider myself a normal fighter. I would like to thank everyone for considering me as one of the best fighters out there, but I just want to do the best that I can in every fight.

“My secret is that my heart is that of a real fighter. I’m a real fighter in my heart, and I go 100 percent in every round.”

The only downside to Rodtang’s impressive victory over “The Eagle of Yi” was that it was fought at a catchweight because the Thai star came in half a pound over the flyweight limit.

As the #1-ranked flyweight kickboxer, “The Iron Man” was sure a win would earn him a shot at divisional gold, but now he knows he may have to hit the mark in his next match to get that chance.

Still, Rodtang feels ready to take on the new ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion Superlek Kiatmoo9 at any time if the opportunity does come his way.

Rodtang said:

“Absolutely. I am ready [to face Superlek for the belt].

“Of course, I know that I have to participate in the flyweight division, and then I will have my second [ONE World Title].

Kickboxing Gold Rodtang’s First Priority, Then He’ll Chase Other Avenues

There are plenty of exciting prospects ahead of Rodtang Jitmuangnon, and he’s eager to chase all of them, but the ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title is at the top of his list.

While he’s keen to make his full MMA debut after testing the waters in a special rules super-fight against Demetrious Johnson last year, “The Iron Man” will focus on the striking ranks first.

The Thai superstar said:

“My goal right now is to stay in the flyweight division and claim the kickboxing title.

“I want to go step-by-step. I want to claim my title in kickboxing first, and then I will go to MMA.”

The much-talked-about ONE Openweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix is also on Rodtang’s agenda, with the US$1,000,000 prize plenty of motivation for the Jitmuangnon athlete.

Infamously fearless, “The Iron Man” wants in, but he knows he’d have to overcome some mammoth opponents en route to the cool million. 

He said:

“Of course, I would have to fight every opponent that I have been matched with in order to get the big prize!”

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