‘The Iron Man’ Rodtang Jitmuangnon is ready to fight any man in MMA as long as he makes his US debut in Colorado.
The Muay Thai great remains undefeated with 12 straight wins in striking contests with two stoppages since joining ONE Championship in 2019. After dominating the Muay Thai scene for so long, fans are interested to see him transition to MMA as soon as possible.
With the highly awaited US event taking place in Colorado this May, it would be ideal to see Jitmuangnon represent Thailand with an entertaining show.
Speaking to ONE about the possibility of featuring on the card, the 25-year-old superstar said:
“Of course, it would be a great opportunity if I could be there. It is a young man's dream to perform in the US. I don’t have an ideal opponent. You can pick any opponent for me in any rule – Muay Thai, kickboxing, or MMA.”
Rodtang previously revealed that he has a bit of a timeline before dabbling in MMA. Already the owner of the Muay Thai belt, ‘The Iron Man’ has ambitions to get his second in the kickboxing category.
Fortunately, Rodtang is on track to make one of his dreams come true. In just a few days, he will return to the ONE circle to face ‘The Eagle of Yi’ Jiduo Yibu in a kickboxing showdown at ONE Fight Night 6 on Prime Video.
The event will mark his first kickboxing match since February 2021, where he defeated Russian prospect Tagir Khalilov in a razor-close split decision.
North American audiences can watch Rodtang live and for free this Friday, January 13, with a Prime Video subscription.
Rodtang Jitmuangnon is interested in MMA but hasn’t worked on his wrestling
Rodtang Jitmuangnon is interested in competing in MMA but admitted he was too occupied with Muay Thai to work on his wrestling.
The Thai superstar is coming off an easy and one-sided world title defense against ONE strawweight Muay Thai world champion Joseph Lasiri.
The event took place last November at ONE on Prime Video 4. As fans remember, the fight lacked the excitement and flair it was anticipated to produce, a harsh fact that even Rodtang agreed with.
Putting all his energy into his world title defense, the Thai striker admitted he hasn’t had the time to concentrate on wrestling or grappling.
In the post-fight presser at ONE on Prime Video 4, 'The Iron Man' updated his progress by saying:
“I haven’t been training MMA or grappling lately because since I heard that I will be defending my flyweight championship world title, I was actually focusing on Muay Thai training because you cannot do everything all at the same time.”
Especially with a kickboxing match ahead, it’s likely he’ll continue down this pathway before giving his direct attention to MMA.