ONE flyweight Muay Thai titleholder Rodtang Jitmuangnon, extensively considered one of the crucial thrilling fighters in fight sports activities, is fascinated with making an attempt his hand at MMA sooner or later.
The 22-year-old Thai, who has additionally captured the Max Muay Thai 126-pound title and the Omnoi Stadium 130-pound title, is drawing inspiration from his girlfriend, Stamp Fairtex.
Stamp is presently the ONE atomweight Muay Thai queen champ, and beforehand held the promotion’s atomweight kickboxing title. Along with her accomplishments within the placing realm, she’s additionally 4-Zero in combined martial arts.
Having witnessed his girlfriend’s success in MMA, Rodtang has been contemplating making the transfer himself, and has even began doing a little bit of jiu jitsu to widen his martial arts arsenal.
“I’ll nonetheless compete in Muay Thai, however I really feel that I wish to strive MMA,” Rodtang advised BJPENN.com. “Stamp was the one which invited me to strive in the beginning.”
Whereas Rodtang is eager to compete in MMA sooner or later, he acknowledges that he wants extra follow earlier than he partakes in an MMA contest.
“I actually do not know [when I will compete in an MMA bout] but,” he mentioned. “I can solely say I’ll want extra time to be taught as I’ve spent my entire life placing.”
At current, Rodtang is targeted on defending his ONE Muay Thai title. The Thai berserker doesn’t presently have a combat booked, however is open to something.
That features a potential third combat with England’s Jonathan Haggerty, who he’s now crushed twice in wildly thrilling contests.
“Properly Jonathan is among the finest overseas Nak Muay that I’ve fought with,” he mentioned of his British rival. “He’s received all abilities and I don’t thoughts to rematch with him.”
Rodtang can also be fascinated with a future rematch with kickboxing wunderkind Tenshin Nasukawa. Nasukawa will not be presently signed with ONE, however on condition that he beforehand handed Rodtang an extremely shut loss, the urge for food for a rematch definitely exists.
“I can combat to anybody, it will depend on ONE Championship to resolve,” he mentioned when requested a few rematch with Nasukawa. “I gained’t select any opponent, however I do know that I all the time deliver out one of the best in me.”
Regardless of the future holds, Rodtang Jitmuangnon may be very proud of the progress he’s made in ONE Championship thus far—significantly at such a younger age.
“I can’t imagine I’ve come this far, from an area athlete to worldwide one,” Rodtang mentioned. “Now I’ve followers not simply solely in Thailand however around the globe. I’m speechless. I’m actually grateful. I’d wish to thank ONE Championship for making my life higher and my dream greater. Nonetheless, I gained’t cease. I’ll preserve making an attempt to present prime performances.”