Pictured: Danial ‘Mini T’ Williams (proper) in motion towards Rodtang (Supply: One Championship)
Western Australian fighter Danial ‘Mini T’ Williams stepped up on late discover to headline One Championships’s ONE on TNT card earlier at present and though he misplaced the choice, he earned the respect of his opponent, Thai star Rodtang ‘The Iron Man’ Jitmuangon.
The 27-year-old Kao Sok Muay Thai and Scrappy MMA skilled fighter met his opponent within the heart of the cage within the Muay Thai guidelines bout and the 2 traded heavy mixtures with Williams significantly discovering a house with the precise hand early within the bout.
Rodtang elevated the exchanges within the second spherical. The Thai veteran rocked Williams with a left and shortly after dropped him with one other heavy left. Williams beat the depend however the barrage instantly got here from Rodtang, as landed heavy punches and two elbows that minimize open Williams above his left eye. With blood dripping down, the Aussie tried to remain within the pocket to commerce however it was a transparent spherical to Rodtang.
It was the third spherical that ‘Mini T’ earned Rodtang’s respect. With the minimize nonetheless leaking blood, Williams got here out aggressive, touchdown punches that obtained a response from the Thai. The battle was paused to wash the blood however instantly on the restart each got here out throwing heavy leather-based within the small gloves.
When the buzzer for the tip of the battle went, Rodtang instantly dropped to his knees to point out respect to ‘Mini T’ and Williams adopted likewise. In a pleasant second of sportsmanship, the 2 embraced in the midst of the cage however the winner was clear.
All three judges awarded Rodtang the choice and he strikes his ONE Tremendous Collection report to 10-0.
The bout was contested at a 61.5kg catchweight and broadcast stay to Australian audiences by way of the promotions youtube. It was additionally One Championship’s debut within the U.S, a part of a multi-year settlement with Turner Sports activities.
Notably, the cardboard additionally featured former flyweight king Demetrious Johnson who was unsuccessful in claiming the One Championship title, shedding to the reigning champ, Adriano Moraes within the second spherical by TKO.
Eddie Alvarez additionally had an evening to overlook.
The 37-year-old former UFC champion was dominating his opponent nevertheless a number of strikes to the back-of-the-head left his opponent Iuri Lapicus unable to proceed. Alvarez was proven the pink card and thus disqualified from the competition, a lot to his frustration as he protested claiming the strikes had been authorized in his post-fight interview.
Outcomes (Muay Thai):
- Rodtang Kitmuangon def. Danial Williams (Australia) by way of Determination (Unanimous)
- Adrian Moraes def. Demetrious Johnson by way of TKO, Rd 2, 2:24 – ONE bantamweight title
- Iuri Lapicus def. Eddie Alvarez by way of Disqualification (Again of the Head), Rd 1
- Raimond Magomedaliev def. Tyler McGuire by way of Determination (Unanimous)
- Oumar Kane def. Patrick Schmid by way of TKO, Rd 1, 1:48
- Enriko Kehl def. Chingiz Allazov by way of Determination (Break up)