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Rodtang "The Iron Man" Jitmuangnon is not just the reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion. He is one of the figureheads of ONE Championship's ONE Super Series.

And for good reason.

The Thai icon is a crowd favorite with unrelenting aggression and impeccable technique. "The Iron Man" has thrilled fans everywhere he has been and showcased his forward-moving style to a global audience earlier in 2021 on the ONE on TNT series.

But what fans may not know is his story of triumph outside of the ONE Circle.

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There is an old adage that if the people you are hanging around are exactly like you, someone is unnecessary. While certain unnamed promotions may want to curtail too much individualism – particular Irish fighters excepting of course – the fight game offers an array of personalities that fans can get next to. Even though this may be hard to believe, there are even times when a fighter's actual performance and not their personality at all might be what a fan invests in. A novel idea to be sure!

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Nong-O Gaiyanghadao has reigned over the bantamweight Muay Thai division in ONE Championship since 2019 and has successfully defended the belt on four occasions. However, a new challenger has come onto the ONE Super Series scene.

The highly-anticipated debut of Tawanchai P.K. Saenchai Muaythaigym came at ONE: Dangal, and the world-class striker ended the bout exactly as he had foreseen. In the third round, Tawanchai connected with a brilliant head kick that sent Irishman Sean Clancy to the mat.

After the dominant showcase, Tawanchai immediately made his presence felt and announced himself as a top contender in the stacked bantamweight division.

Will he be the one to topple the legend of Nong-O?

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On Friday, June 11, ONE Championship returned with ONE: Full Blast II, a previously recorded event.

The four-bout card featured two ONE Super Series matchups along with two mixed martial arts contests. In all four battles, athletes put on performances that grabbed the attention of their respective divisions.

Did you miss anything from ONE: Full Blast II? Here is a breakdown of how the action went down and who came out on top in Singapore.

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