June 28, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • A possible super-fight between Rodtang and Prajanchai is brewing
  • Prajanchai has expressed his want to maneuver up and problem Rodtang
  • Each males first want to reach their upcoming bouts earlier than they flip their consideration to 1 one other

ONE Championship’s Muay Thai scene is as deep as ever as evidenced by its stacked roster of opponents within the ONE Tremendous Sequence, and followers may be handled to a showdown between two of its brightest stars.

Flyweight king Rodtang Jitmuangnon and strawweight titleholder Prajanchai P.Ok. Saenchai Muay Thai Gymnasium may very well be on a collision course within the close to future.

Two of Thailand’s finest Muay Thai opponents have a burning want to show to the world that they’re the very best at what they do.

At ONE 157, each males are slated to compete on the cardboard, with Italy’s Joseph Lasiri set to problem Prajanchai’s reign within the co-main occasion and Rodtang taking on Jacob Smith of the UK within the quarterfinals of the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix.

“I’m glad to be competing on the identical card as these elite Muay Thai fighters. It’s a really huge event. I want there can be a Grand Prix in my division sooner or later, too, in order that I’ll have extra opponents to struggle,” mentioned Prajanchai.

Rodtang has additionally been very complimentary of Prajanchai’s distinctive skillset, even exhibiting off satisfaction within the handiwork of his fellow countryman.

The strawweight Muay Thai titlist is extraordinarily assured within the possibilities of his compatriot successful the whole event, as are most specialists, due to his extraordinarily explosive but calculated preventing type.

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Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply that Prajanchai shouldn’t be against taking his possibilities in transferring as much as flyweight and taking up Rodtang someday within the close to future.

“I wish to [move up and challenge for the world title at flyweight], however I’m a really small fighter. I’m not heavy. I feel I’m too small for that weight class. So, I’m happy to remain right here in my present division,” he famous.

In Rodtang’s eyes, Prajanchai will be capable to overcome the problem offered to him by Lasiri.

“I feel Prajanchai will win together with his pace and since it’s below Muay Thai guidelines. Prajanchai may be very good. He’s smarter than his opponent,” Rodtang said.

Rodtang has not fought since taking a hybrid combined martial arts-Muay Thai exhibition towards former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson at ONE X final March, and now can be his alternative to remind the division why he nonetheless holds the belt.

The flyweight Muay Thai king in Rodtang is holding an unblemished 9-0 document inside the promotion, whereas the newcomer in Prajanchai is gunning for his second win.

Outdoors of it, Prajanchai has received the celebrated Lumpinee Stadium title on two separate events as he received the 118-pound belt in 2014 and 122-pound title in 2019.

However earlier than ONE followers grow to be enamored with the concept of a struggle between Rodtang and Prajanchai, each males first have to care for enterprise this Friday, Could 20 on the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Rodtang faces the debuting Englishman simply forward of Prajanchai’s title protection towards the veteran Lasiri, who’s seeking to go on his first successful streak inside ONE Championship as he has been reeling from sustaining a win-loss document of 3-6 that featured a four-fight shedding streak.

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Each males securing a win over their respective opponents would imply that Rodtang advances to the semifinals of the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix,  whereas Prajanchaikeeps his stranglehold on the strawweight Muay Thai strap.

Seeing them sq. off towards each other would seemingly occur on the conclusion of the tourney, which permits each males to maintain engaged on their recreation till they probably come to a head.

Prajanchai eyes to proceed his reign because the ONE Muay Thai strawweight king. Photograph: ONE Championship

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