May 21, 2024

Fans are hopeful that the dream fight between ONE Muaythai superstar Rodtang Jitmuangnon and mixed martial arts rising star Lito Adiwang will push through in the future.
This after Adiwang called Jitmuang-non out for a striking match, as both fighters are two of the most destructive strikers in the entire ONE Championship promotion.
It took months before Jitmuangnon responded to the call of Adiwang, but the Thai superstar simply claimed said he is open to meeting the Filipino fighting sensation in the ring.
“If Lito thinks he has some tricks to beat me, then I welcome him to meet me,” Jitmuangnon told ONE Championship in a recent video interview.
But which weight division to be followed will be a main concern if the dream fight pushes through.
Jitmuangnon is the reigning ONE flyweight (more than 115 to 125 pounds) Muaythai world champion and has dominated the division since he joined ONE Super Series in 2018. His come-forward style has enamored fans as rarely met a serious challenge in the ring, practically obliterating anyone he’s been paired with.
Adiwang, on the other hand, is currently one of the top contenders in the ONE strawweight (up to 115 pounds), which is currently reigned over by fellow Team Lakay fighter Joshua Pacio.
But the Igorot fighter felt he matches up well with the Thai star, and Jitmuangnon agreed.
“I think Lito’s fighting style is similar to mine. We are both fast and explosive. His striking is quite good, to be honest. I think it’s going to be an exciting fight if we face each other in the ring,” Jitmuang-non said.
“Since we both have the same striking style, and we both walk forward, if anyone makes a mistake, he’s going to get knocked out for sure.”
The potential fight has drawn a lot of buzz among fans of both camps. The idea of a mixed martial arts athlete crossing over to the all-striking ONE Super Series is incredibly appealing. However, Jitmuang-non isn’t ruling out a move to mixed martial arts himself.
“Whether it’s Muay Thai or kickboxing, I’m always open to the idea,” Jitmuangnon said.
“If it’s going to be in MMA, I would need at least a year before competing. I want to make sure I have all the necessary skills. I have trained in MMA before, but I need more training,” Jitmuangnon said. – Harley F. Palangchao