Danial Williams can hardly consider the chance he now has, when he steps in on quick discover to combat Thai famous person Rodtang Jitmuangnon at ONE on TNT 1.
What began as an evening on the pub, led to a contract with ONE Championship, one of many largest sporting properties on Earth.
“I simply hit up ONE and stated ‘look, I need to combat’, simply to strive my luck and say ‘I’m a Muay Thai world champion and I’m doing MMA now’. Once I despatched the e-mail it was simply after a pub evening, simply being a hero like ‘ah simply give them a message’ and I kind of forgot about it. I bought a message to say ‘hey, I need to chat with you’ and I used to be like ‘holy sh*t’, strolling the canine with my missus and I stated ‘wouldn’t it’s humorous in the event that they supplied me Rodtang?’ Then growth!”
Williams, a former WMC world champion in Muay Thai, has since tried his hand in MMA. The 26-year-old now holds a 3-1 report within the sport and feels that MMA is the place is ardour at the moment lies. Nonetheless, the possibility to combat Rodtang beneath Muay Thai guidelines was too good to cross up, and it wasn’t a tough promote.
“Actually that was the dialog, like 20 minutes of ‘look, we all know you need to do MMA, however we’re not likely in search of MMA fighters, however we want some Muay Thai fighters.’ I used to be like ‘yeah man, I’m open for something, I want this proper now.’ So yeah, it bought me off my arse and right here I’m.”
Initially focused to tackle one other unnamed foe, Williams bought the decision to combat Rodtang when his authentic opponent Jacob Smith, of the UK, was unable to journey as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Whereas the combat just isn’t beneath supreme circumstances given the quick discover, he plans to make the very best of it.
“I bought a name about 4 weeks in the past saying that there’s a possibility to combat, however clearly it solely bought confirmed two weeks out, as a result of they weren’t positive if his opponent would have the ability to get in (to Singapore).
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime alternative, so I simply need to make it work, it’s what it’s.”
The chance to combat Rodtang, one of many greatest stars in ONE Championship at this time, could have seemingly arrived out of nowhere, however Williams just isn’t travelling to Singapore to easily make up the numbers. The Thai famous person’s model, he believes, coupled with the truth that he has nothing to lose is ideal for a short-notice opponent.
“It’s going to be robust, however I’ve bought big perception. I really like these fights the place I’ve bought nothing to lose. I really feel he’s an excellent combat for me, a number of the technical guys wouldn’t be an excellent combat for me proper now, however the truth that he trades means there’s at all times an opportunity.
Rodtang carries a Mike Tyson-esque aura within the ONE circle, however Williams believes he gained’t be overawed, a lure that earlier opponents have fallen into.
“We’ll simply see how his energy is, however I do plan to only have enjoyable in there as nicely and check out some flashy strikes. However keep on with the plan first, don’t go too loopy once we contact gloves. Clearly, meet him within the center, however don’t simply brawl as a result of that’s what he desires, and it’s how he wins too.
“I’ve seen quite a lot of opponents of his on the again foot, most likely for an excellent cause as nicely, he’s Rodtang. However, it’s simply not my model of preventing to run away from all his pictures, hit him, transfer and attempt to get a factors choice.”
Returning to his Muay Thai roots could not have been part of the plan for Williams, however he now plans to take his alternative with each arms. The remainder, as they are saying, will kind itself out.
“My focus is on Muay Thai for this combat, then we’ll see the place it goes. The contract is for each Muay Thai and MMA.”
Whatever the self-discipline, a win over Rodtang can be one of the simplest ways attainable to announce himself to the ONE viewers, in American primetime, no much less.
“It’s going to be robust as sh*t, however I actually consider I can pull it off.”