Fighting of out Thailand, Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, 21, was one of the winners at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” on January 25, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It was the second time he won in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series.
“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” is the first ONE Championship event in the Philippines in 2019. In the eighth bout of the evening, Rodtang, faced Fahdi “The Gladiator” Khaled, 23, of Tunisia in a Muay Thai bout in the flyweight division.
Training out of Venum Training Camp, Khaled made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” He is a six-time Tunisia National Kickboxing Champion and a WMC Intercontinental Champion.
Rodtang is a two-time Omnoi Stadium Muay Thai Champion. He trains out of Jitmuangnon gym, which is owned by the late Huan Jitmuangnon who was a promoter at the famed Rajadamnern Stadium.
At “ONE: Hero’s Ascent,” Rodtang gave the Filipino fans a show as he pushed the action with an unending flurry of strikes that kept the Tunisian newcomer at bay. The latter had no answer for the former.
After three rounds, the Muay Thai bout between Rodtang and Khaled was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Atsushi Onari raised the hand of the Thai contender, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Rodtang’s professional Muay Thai record to 255 wins, 41 losses and 10 draws. On the other hand, Khaled now has 37 wins and 5 losses in Muay Thai.
On September 22, 2018, Rodtang made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. He defeated Sergio “Samurai” Wielzen, 30, of Suriname in a Muay Thai contest against in the flyweight division.
When Rodtang was 8 years old, he had his first Muay Thai bout at a local temple fair in a small village in Thailand. At the age of 21, he has competed in more than 300 bouts.
Watch Rodtang’s walkout at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” here: