Rodtang Jitmuangnon’s sparring partner is relieved not to take a leg kick

Rodtang Jitmuangnon is one of the most devastating kickers in combat sports. The aggressiveness he displays in the cage coupled with his immense power often defeats his opponents before they even come face to face with “The Iron Man” of Muay Thai.

ONE Championship recently uploaded a video to their Instagram showing one of Rodtang’s sparring partners breathing a huge sigh of relief after dodging a devastating kick from Rodtang.

“There is a reason for this reaction”

Check out the Instagram post below:

Fans on Instagram had a field day reacting to the video. You can see some of the most entertaining responses to the video below:

“This guy thought his leg was screwed up”

A fan suggested that taking a kick in the leg from Rodtang Jitmuangnon would bring tears. A feeling that many others shared.

“I would take it and pretend it didn’t hurt just to say it did. And then maybe cry for a few minutes.”

Another fan suggested that if the leg kick had landed, Rodtang’s sparring partner would surely have limped:

“He was limping if Rodtang had connected.”

Another fan went further, suggesting the man in the video needs a wheelchair after being kicked by Rodtang.

“5 inches from a wheelchair”

Rodtang Jitmuangnon considers possible move to MMA after Muay Thai Grand Prix

At ONE 157 in May, Rodtang secured a spot in the second round of the Muay Thai World Flyweight Grand Prix with a masterful performance against Jacob Smith.

After leaving the Englishman in a bloody mess, Rodtang will now face Savvas Michael in a yet to be announced semi-final match.

While Rodtang Jitmuangnon is never one to look past his opponents, he looks to the future and what will happen after the Grand Prix. Although the Thai will not defend his flyweight title in the tournament, he believes winning the tournament will cement his legacy in the sport and lead to an opportunity to compete in mixed martial arts.

Speaking to ONE Championship, Rodtang said:

“I didn’t want to wait because I still have my skills in Muay Thai and I still want to fight. That’s why I chose to join the World Grand Prix. But my goal is to join MMA. My plan is to complete that World Grand Prix and then fully join MMA.

Rodtang Jitmuangnon’s first foray into MMA didn’t go his way. In March, Rodtang took on flyweight icon Demetrious Johnson at ONE X in a hybrid match. In the first round, which was contested under Muay Thai rules, Rodtang landed significant strikes against his opponent, but failed to finish him.

In the second round, contested under MMA rules, Johnson used his ground game to wrestle Rodtang to the mat and lock a rear-end choke, forcing the tap.

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