In a surprising twist, Rodtang Jitmuangnon is venturing into the world of jiu-jitsu. The ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion was recently spotted sporting a jiu-jitsu gi and actively participating in grappling training, as revealed in an intriguing Instagram story shared by BJJ blackbelt and coach Jason ‘Spark Plug’ Burnworth.
Rodtang’s endeavor into the realm of jiu-jitsu training has left many fans speculating about the possibility of an MMA transition for the renowned ‘Iron Man.’ Notably, coach DJ Jackson was also featured in the story. De’Alonzio ‘DJ’ Jackson holds the distinction of being the first African-American jiu-jitsu world champion, boasting victories in prestigious tournaments such as the IBJJF World, ADCC, Pan American, and National jiu-jitsu championships.
While Rodtang has firmly established his dominance in the world of Muay Thai with over 300 professional bouts to his name, the Thai sensation is merely 26 years old. His foray into MMA took place last year when he faced Demetrious Johnson in a mixed-rules bout at ONE X. Despite succumbing to a submission, Rodtang displayed skills during the match, earning the respect of MMA enthusiasts.
Rodtang vs Demetrious Johnson (ONE X)
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He is diligently preparing to defend his Muay Thai throne in a highly anticipated showdown against an imposing adversary within ONE Championship. Rodtang will defend his ONE flyweight Muay Thai title against none other than the ONE flyweight kickboxing world champion, Superlek Kiatmoo9.
This clash was initially set to determine Superlek’s world title holder during ONE Fight Night 8 in March. Unfortunately, Rodtang had to withdraw from the contest due to injury, leading to his replacement by Danial Williams, whom Superlek subsequently knocked out in three rounds. Superlek continued to solidify his credentials with two more knockout victories in Muay Thai, paving his way to challenge for the prestigious ONE flyweight Muay Thai world title.
The monumental showdown is slated to unfold at the historic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium on September 22.