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Demetrious Johnson vs Rodtang Jitmuangnon: A Historic Clash of MMA and Muay Thai Champions

Relive the historic clash between Demetrious Johnson and Rodtang Jitmuangnon at ONE X. Witness the fusion of MMA and Muay Thai as these champions go head-to-head in a mixed-rules fight.

Fight Result
Demetrious Johnson vs Rodtang Jitmuangnon MMA submission victory

Demetrious Johnson’s mixed-rules fight against Rodtang Jitmuangnon proved to be a turning point in his career. Surviving the Muay Thai round, Johnson showcased his grappling skills in the MMA round, securing a submission victory and reigniting his fire for the sport. This victory set the stage for Johnson to reclaim the flyweight title.

Demetrious Johnson vs Rodtang Jitmuangnon: A Historic Clash

At ONE X, current ONE flyweight MMA world champion Demetrious Johnson and the division’s longtime Muay Thai king Rodtang Jitmuangnon made history with a first-of-its-kind mixed-rules fight.

These two elite martial artists, representing their respective disciplines, faced off in a main event clash that showcased the best of both worlds.

The fight began with a round of Muay Thai, pushing Johnson out of his comfort zone and testing his skills against ‘The Iron Man’. Despite the challenge, ‘Mighty Mouse’ persevered, leading to a change in rounds and ruleset.

In the second round, the fight transitioned to MMA rules, and Johnson’s grappling prowess became evident. He dominated Rodtang on the ground, eventually securing a submission victory by choking him out cold.

Watch the full fight here.

Reigniting the Fire

This fight proved to be a turning point in Demetrious Johnson’s career. Coming off his first knockout loss to Adriano Moraes, Johnson admitted that he needed to regain his confidence and motivation.

Taking on the challenge of a mixed-rules fight against Rodtang pushed Johnson to elevate his game. Surviving the opening round of Muay Thai reignited his passion for the sport.

Following this bout, Johnson went on to seek revenge against Moraes, delivering a spectacular flying knee knockout to reclaim the flyweight title—a victory that might not have happened without the test presented by Rodtang.