Controversy Erupts As Rodtang’s 3 Years Unbeaten Streak ‘Snapped by Judges’ After Superlek Wins Despite Missing Weight; Fans Callout ONE Friday Fights 34 Decision

Published 09/22/2023, 1:47 PM EDT

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Rodtang Jitmuangnon is not unbeatable. The ONE flyweight Muay Thai champion dropped the fight after he went to war in a back-and-forth fight against Superlek Kiatmuu9. It all went down when both fighters stood across the ring at ONE Friday Fights 34.

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Famed for his invincible chin and dominant displays, Rodtang suffered his first defeat in over three years. ‘The Iron Man’ was riding on an impressive nine-win streak. Meanwhile, Superlek, the current ONE flyweight kickboxing champion, recently ventured into Muay Thai to dislodge Rodtang from the throne. Unfortunately, he missed the weight and the opportunity to claim another title. But ‘The Kicking Machine’ still managed to get past Rodtang in a closely contested fight and bag the bragging rights. However, fans have a different take on the result.

ONE Friday Fights 34: Rodtang vs. Superlek result

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Notably, Superlek swept the judges’ scorecards and won a unanimous decision against Rodtang. The catchweight fight was also reduced to three rounds, but the fans witnessed a banger of a fight. The highlight of the fight came in round two when Superlek knocked down Rodtang. Besides that, Rodtang had a comfortable first round, and many would argue that he also claimed the final round. Therefore, the fans didn’t find the judges’ decision credible.

As expected, the decision was hotly debated between the fans, and they made their resentment heard. Further, they demanded a rematch.

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Fans are sent into a frenzy as they hotly debate the result

A series of comments pointed out the scoring system was faulty, and they argued the victor was Rodtang.

“I’m not very well read on the Muay Thai scoring system but why did the judges give it to Superlek? Genuinely wondering if anyone who knows more about their judging could help”

“Amazing fight! But that should have gone to Rodtang”

Some fans called it a robbery and also speculated Superlek’s win was already set up.

“They already set Superlek up to win, that’s why he missed weight. Rodtang keeps his title.”

“Robbery. Set up from the start”

“SUPERLEAK & SUPERCHEAT”

“Congrats on the robbery superleak”

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However, someone strongly disagreed and declared, “You casuals saying robbery superlek won in Thai rules go look at the knees, kicks and clinch time.” 

Lastly, a response read, “Can’t wait for the rematch for a title.”

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Therefore, the case of a rematch is being pushed by the fans, and they might have their wish granted soon. However, nothing is certain in the world of combat sports. What do you think of this controversial decision at ONE Friday Nights 34? What do you think is next for Rodtang? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohit Lohan

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Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for the sport that has spanned over a decade. His fascination with MMA stems from the thrill of knockouts, and he strives to bring that same level of excitement to his writing. Rohit's love for gripping stories is reflected in his articles, where he masterfully weaves together the latest news with compelling narratives.
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