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Rodtang Jitmuangnon is still ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion, beats Petchdam Petchyindee Academy at ‘ONE: No Surrender’

Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Petchdam Petchyindee Academy (©ONE Championship)

Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Petchdam Petchyindee Academy (©ONE Championship)

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 30, of Thailand challenged his countryman “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 22, at “ONE: No Surrender.” The latter is the reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion.

Featuring three Muay Thai, two mixed martial arts and one kickboxing bouts, “ONE: No Surrender” took place in Bangkok, Thailand on July 31, 2020. The main event was the title bout between Rodtang and Petchdam.

Early in the first round, Petchdam established his jab setting up his vaunted left kick while Rodtang was slow to start as he instead opted to get reads on his opponent from a distance. Towards the end of the second round, the defending champion turned up the pressure hunting his challenger with his trademark boxing combinations and thunderous elbows.

 

In the third round, Rodtang began walking Petchdam down with his punches and caught the challenger with a left hook. This tested the challenger’s chin on wobbly legs but the latter recovered well.

In the fourth round, Rodtang resumed his onslaught, rolling forward like a tank as Petchdam fired away with kicks to the body. In the fifth round, the challenger again found success with his left roundhouse kick but it was not enough to thwart the defending champion’s forward pressure. 

After five three-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, the referee raised the hand of Rodtang, who was declared the winner via majority decision.

 

Winning at “ONE: No Surrender” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Rodtang to 263 wins, 42 losses and 10 draws. Petchdam now has 95 wins, 16 losses and 7 draws.

“I am glad we are able to get back in the ONE Championship ring again to perform,” Rodtang stated days before fight night. “I know the fans will truly appreciate it and I’m excited to defend my title. I have a lot of respect for anyone willing to step into the ring with me, including Petchdam. We’ve faced each other twice before.”

“I think this third fight is going to be the best one yet,” Rodtang continued. “It’s another go-around for me and Petchdam. It’s time to settle the score on the ONE Super Series stage with millions of people watching.”

 

Broadcast live around the world across more than 150 countries, “ONE: No Surrender” marked the first flagship event of ONE Championship after going on hiatus due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its expanded return to closed-door, audience-free live events. Only athletes currently in Thailand competed because of the travel restrictions brought about by the pandemic.

Four countries were represented at “ONE: No Surrender” namely Brazil, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand. Rodtang and Petchdam were two of the 10 athletes who represented the host country.

“This will no doubt be one of the toughest fights of my career,” Petchdam stated days before fight night. “I know Rodtang and I know his style. It is a difficult challenge for me but I’m working very hard in training. My team and I are coming into this fight with a great game plan.”

“He’s a good, strong fighter and I have to prepare myself well,” Petchdam said of Rodtang. “This third fight is very important to me and I will do everything that I can to claim victory.”

Petchdam is the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion. On August 16, 2019, he was dethroned by Ilias Ennahachi, 23, of the Netherlands at “ONE: Dreams of Gold” in Bangkok.

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