Janet Todd Ready to Shift Into ‘10th Gear’ Against Allycia Hellen Rodrigues at ONE on Prime Video 5

Published 11/29/2022, 1:00 AM EST

ONE Interim Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Janet “JT” Todd believes her last outing in the ONE Championship Circle gave her valuable insight into an unexplored area of her arsenal.

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One that she hopes to move into if she finds herself trailing divisional queen Allycia Hellen Rodrigues when they meet to unify the belts at ONE on Prime Video 5, which goes down this Friday, December 2, at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. 

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In her last outing, the Californian native was put on the back foot against Lara Fernandez when they squared off for the interim World Title. The Spanish star caught “JT” with chopping kicks, huge jabs, and hooks within range.

Janet Todd snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with her 10th gear

Though Fernandez may have found plenty of success in the earlier rounds, Todd excelled in the remainder of the contest, and she says that her “10th gear” allowed her to score the crucial victory in the end.

“I think the last fight has kind of shown me where my holes were. But, on the flip side, it’s also knowing that I have that. I call it like my 10th gear,” the 36-year-old said.

“I know there’s no such thing as a 10th gear. But knowing that I had that 10th gear to really press forward and do what needed to be done to win the fight. So, it gives me the confidence to know that, no matter what happens, I’m always going to be okay. That gives me confidence going into the next fight.”

Knowing how gears work, the reigning ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion is aware she can’t rely on instantly hitting her highest level of performance in her upcoming bout.

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Janet Todd has the fight blueprint ready to defeat Allycia Hellen Rodrigues

So, Todd has done her homework on Rodrigues and has figured out what she has to do to gain an advantage from the start of her battle for a second divisional crown this Friday.

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“Her strengths, definitely, when she starts, she can see forward movement, and it’s very good with her counter left kick and timing that. And then as the round moves on, she’s able to still come forward and try to push the pace, and in the clinch, I think that’s where her strengths are,” Todd noted.

“So, my game plan, obviously, is to kind of nullify those strengths and be able to get myself in a position to be able to use my weapons.”

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Souvik Roy

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Souvik Roy is currently a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An avid UFC follower, Souvik combined his love for the sport and his passion for words to turn his interest into his Livelihood. A Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering, Souvik has worked as a Freelance Link Builder and Content Writer previously and wrote for various clients and businesses.

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