When Thailand’s Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon enters the ring for his first ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title defense against Brazil’s Walter Goncalves at ONE: CENTURY PART II on 13 October, he is prepared to demonstrate why he deserves to be called “The Iron Man.”
Or at least that is what Malaysia’s Muay Thai exponent Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud believes.
“Rodtang is just like a tank!” the ONE Championship athlete said. “When his opponent punches him or kicks his head, it’s nothing for him. He’ll normally just shake his head a bit and then return to action as if nothing happened.”
“I remember when he got kicked in the head by Jonathan Haggerty during their bout at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES recently – he didn’t look affected at all. With Rodtang, you can’t even tell when he’s in pain.”
Rodtang and Jonathan “The General” Haggerty put on a striking clinic at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES in Manila on 2 August. Though the Englishman was the favorite, what unfolded truly caught “The General” by surprise.
Despite advancing with several combinations, Haggerty failed to break Rodtang’s spirit after a thrilling five-round contest.
Whether it was his elbows or left kicks, the Thai warrior continued shocking the former ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion with his determination.
The biggest note to take, however, was not his spirit according to Mohammed.
“His punches and his low kicks are his strengths,” he said.
“I’ve seen a lot of his fights in Thailand, and I cannot pinpoint a single weakness. You can put him in the ring with a tall or short opponent, and it makes no difference. He’s just the same guy,” Sampuri Muay Thai Gym Ampang athlete said. “He’s super tough and near invincible.”
Though there is still a chance for Goncalves to shock the world next month, “Jordan Boy” stresses that it will be a forgone conclusion.
“I’m confident that Rodtang will win by a knockout. Maybe in round three, and through his punches or low kicks. To topple Rodtang is near impossible.”
Catch these two warriors perfecting their “art of eight limbs” at ONE: CENTURY at the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on 13 October.
ONE: CENTURY is the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history with 28 World Champions featured across various martial arts. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events on the same day.
But the Home Of Martial Arts will break new ground as it brings multiple World Title bouts, a trio of World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and several World Champion versus World Champion matches.
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