Rodtang Jitmuangnon to defend Muay Thai title in first ONE Championship card of the U.S.


The first ONE Championship card in the United States will feature fights across several disciplines with arguably the top pound-for-pound Muay Thai fighter in the world now joining the event.

Rodtang Jitmuangnon is set to defend his ONE flyweight world title against Edgar Tabares at the upcoming ONE Fight Night 10 card on May 5, which will air live on Amazon Prime Video from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., which is just outside Denver.

ONE Championship officials confirmed the matchup to MMA Fighting on Wednesday.

He has achieved a lot over his career at 25, Rodtang. His remarkable records include more than 300 professional fighting across Muay Thai, kickboxing and other sports. Rodtang also competed with Demetrious Johnson, the ONE flyweight champion. He lost in round two.

He will now have the chance to fight on the first ONE card here in America as the Singapore-based promotion expands into new markets. To make this matchup even more interesting, Rodtang actually already has another fight scheduled as he prepares to battle for the ONE flyweight kickboxing title against Superlek Kiatmoo on March 25.

As Tabares will undoubtedly enter the fight as the underdog, but he’ll try to win the victory over Rodtang when they meet on May 5..

The Muay Thai fight between Rodtang and Tabares joins a growing lineup for the ONE card in the U.S., which features Johnson defending his flyweight title against Adriano Moraes in the main event. The show will also feature a submission grappling match and several MMA fights including the return of UFC veteran Sage Northcutt.