Johnson recently stated that he won’t be facing any problem facing against Muay Thai champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon and he is confident in his muay thai skills.
Johnson faces Rodtang in a hybrid MMA/Muay Thai bout in Saturday at ONE X bout Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
“Mighty Mouse” Johnson is considered as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. He has used his well rounded skill set to dominate the flyweight division. He has beaten elite UFC fighters like Henry Cejudo, John Dodson and many more with his muay thai.
“I’ve done muay Thai in my mixed martial arts fights. I’ve knocked out Henry Cejudo from a muay Thai clinch. I used it against John Dodson. I’ve used it in my whole entire mixed martial arts career. Granted, in ONE Championship, these guys are the best at muay Thai so we’re just gonna go out there and fight and see how it goes.”, Johnson stated in a recent interview.
Demetrious Johnson is on the verge of the most unique challenge of his career against Rodtang Jitmuangnon. Here’s what the former UFC champion told @MMAjunkieGeorge and @thegoze about the hybrid muay Thai/MMA bout at #ONEX.
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Johnson’s expectations of Rodtang’s power
Demetrious Johnson has realistic expectations for his next fight at ONE X, against the Muay Thai world champion and powerful striker, Rodtang Jitmuangnon.
In an interview with ONE ahead of the contest, Johnson said:
“Rodtang is with a great camp. I know he’s really strong. I know he’s going to have a great takedown defense. I know he’s going to hit like a horse. He’s the best Muay Thai fighter in the world, now [training] in mixed martial arts, so nothing will surprise me. We’re going to go out there, fight, test his stand up, test his grappling, test everything, and just compete.”
The two elites will collide at ONE X in a mixed-rules contest. The 1st and 3rd rounds will be under Muay Thai rules, while frames two and four will be MMA.
Rodtang is an accomplished Muay Thai champion, while Johnson has a very impressive record and list of accomplishments in MMA. Discussing the special nature of the clash, ‘Mighty Mouse’ added:
“If I make it out of the first then I make it out of the first. If he makes it out of the second then he makes it out on the second. We’ll keep on fighting until they say we can’t fight anymore, and we’ll go from there.”