If you want to see an unbelievable Muay Thai war where both fighters delivered violence and drama like no other, watch the 2021 classic between Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Danial Williams. If you want to see fighters show respect and honor after beating the living daylights out of each other, watch the same fight.
The bout, which was a three-round war of attrition, won the 2021 ONE Super Series Fight of the Year. The beautiful show of love and respect between the fighters after gazing into each other's souls for three rounds was absolutely inspiring to see.
Rodtang Jitmuangnon, impressed by Williams' toughness and courage to constantly engage him in the pocket, immediately knelt down after the bell to show respect. Not many men in the world have the determination to fight fire with fire against Rodtang. The Thai superstar even volunteered to wipe Williams' bloody face with a towel.
Williams more than deserved the ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion's respect that night. What a great moment to represent what martial arts spirit is all about. Rodtang won the bout via a unanimous decision.
Here's a video of the end of the bout:
"True warriors put respect above all 🙏"
Watch the full fight highlights below:
Rodtang Jitmuangnon decided to become a monk
ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon is the perfect example of a master who can separate his ferocity from his peaceful side.
The Thai superstar recently decided to join a Thai tradition and become a Buddhist monk and live in a temple for 15 days. This Thai custom is practiced by young men across the country, including Muay Thai fighters like ONE featherweight Muay Thai world champion Tawanchai PK.Saenchai and Muay Thai icon Buakaw Banchamek.
Rodtang Jitmuangnon shaved his head, traded his Muay Thai shorts for Buddhist robes, and practiced daily meditations.
In a recent video posted on his Instagram account, Rodtang can be seen in full monk attire. The ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion interacted with people on the streets together with his fellow monks.
Here's the video:
Fans of Rodtang know that his ferocity inside the ring belies his jovial and friendly character outside of it. Now that he's decided to live the life of a Buddhist monk, Rodtang's grasp of the martial arts spirit will become even stronger.
It's been said that the best warriors own the sharpest blades but master the control of when to sheath and unsheath them. Control the undeniable chaos inside you and only unleash it when absolutely need be. It is the path of a true martial arts warrior - and Rodtang is walking it.