Rodtang : “My plan is to finish this World Grand Prix and then fully join MMA”


Less than two months removed from his mixed rules bout against one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, Rodtang Jitmuangnon will compete once again in the sport which has mastered over the years, Muay Thai.

‘The Iron Man” Rodtang meets Jacbo Smith this Friday, May 20, at ONE Championship “ONE: 157” in Singapore.  The fight comes less than 60 days after the famed striker was put to sleep in the second round from a rear-naked choke by Demetrious Johnson.

The bout against Smith is part of the promotion’s flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix.

While Rodtang certainly has a future in combat sports, particularly in Muay Thai, he doesn’t seem to want to leave MMA either after just one attempt.

“I didn’t want to wait because I still have my Muay Thai skills, and I still want to fight,” Rodtang told ONE Championship officials. “That’s why I chose to join the World Grand Prix. But my goal is to join MMA. My plan is to finish this World Grand Prix and then fully join MMA.”

Main Card For ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot

  • Petchmorakot Petchyindee vs. Jimmy Vienot (ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title)
  • Prajanchai PK.Saenchai vs. Joseph Lasiri (ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title)
  • Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Jacob Smith (Flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix quarterfinal)
  • Garry Tonon vs. Tye Ruotolo (lightweight – submission grappling)
  • Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida vs. Hugo Cunha (mixed martial arts – heavyweight)
  • Shinya Aoki vs. Kade Ruotolo (lightweight – submission grappling)
  • Jonathan Haggerty vs. Walter Goncalves (Flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix quarterfinal)

Lead Card For ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot

  • Rade Opacic vs. Guto Inocente (kickboxing – heavyweight)
  • Asha Roka vs. Alyse Anderson (mixed martial arts – women’s atomweight)
  • Superlek Kiatmoo9 vs. Taiki Naito (Flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix quarterfinal)
  • Savvas Michael vs. Amir Naseri (Flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix quarterfinal)
  • Davit Kiria vs. Mohammed Boutasaa (kickboxing – featherweight)
  • Nat “Wondergirl” Jaroonsak vs. Zeba Bano (mixed martial arts – women’s strawweight)
  • Panpayak Jitmuangnon vs. Josue Cruz (Flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix alternate bout)
  • Sherzod Kabutov vs. Denis Puric (Flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix alternate bout)
  • Elipitua Siregar vs. Robin Catalan (mixed martial arts – strawweight)



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