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Rodtang welcomes Lito Adiwang’s surprising callout

ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon has no plans of backing down from Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang’s challenge.

Last week, the Team Lakay star surprised everyone by calling out the longtime ONE Championship Muay Thai flyweight king, showing interest in competing against the Thai in ONE Super Series.

“I’m really willing to fight him — 1,000 percent. I’ll cross over to ONE Super Series if they give me Rodtang. I know I’ll come in as a heavy underdog, but I believe I have the tools to beat Rodtang because I’ve been seeing holes in his game,” Adiwang said.

“I’ve seen the clamor of our fans to see this fight, but it’s not just them — it’s me. I really want this fight, and I really believe that when we face each other, we can bring out an exciting match. I’ll be at my best because I know I can do it once I face Rodtang.”

Adiwang hasn’t earned his stripes to challenge Rodtang for his strap just yet. Still, a showdown between two of the most exciting stars in Muay Thai and mixed martial arts might be too good to pass up.

After all, the Team Lakay star claimed to have figured out Rodtang. Meanwhile, the Thai superstar would love to see what the Filipino has in his bag.

“If Lito thinks he has some tricks to beat me, then I welcome him to meet me.”

Now it’s all about settling on the specifics, from which weight class the match will be take place in to which rule set they’ll adapt.

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Rodtang is willing to meet Adiwang in his domain of Muay Thai; go middle ground in kickboxing; or even move over to the Filipino’s sport so long as he has time to prepare.

“It depends on the weight, whether he will come up in weight or if I will go down,” Rodtang said.

“It also depends on the rule set, whether it is Muay Thai, kickboxing, or MMA. If it were MMA, then I would like to have time to train — at least one year.”

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