ONE 167: Tawanchai defends his featherweight Muay Thai crown; Rodtang scripts an action-packed decision win

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Tawanchai PK Saenchai secured a hard-fought victory over the #3-ranked contender “Smokin” Jo Nattawut in the main event of ONE 167 at Bangkok’s Impact Arena, broadcast live in U.S. primetime on Friday, June 7, to retain his ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title. For most of the first two rounds, Tawanchai maintained pressure with his left kicks while Nattawut struggled to find his range and momentum.

However, in the third frame, the contest began to resemble their first encounter from October last year at ONE Fight Night 15. Nattawut started targeting the champion’s lead leg with low kicks and followed up with right punches, which began to affect Tawanchai’s left eye.

The championship rounds followed a similar pattern, with the PK Saenchai Muaythaigym representative applying pressure with striking combinations while the challenger persisted with his aggression through low kicks and punches.

After 15 minutes of grueling action, the judges awarded Tawanchai the victory via majority decision, further improving his Muay Thai and kickboxing record to 133-31 while successfully defending his belt for the third time at One 167.

In the co-main event of One 167, ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon secured an electrifying decision win over Denis “The Bosnian Menace” Puric in their 141.25-pound catchweight kickboxing bout. The Thai superstar began in a fiery fashion, showcasing his speed and footwork to entertain the sold-out crowd in the first round.

In the second frame, Puric responded well and forced Rodtang to engage in close quarters. The duo exchanged several wild strikes toward the end, with Puric countering Rodtang’s body shots with some big hooks.

The third round followed a similar pattern, with the Bosnian-Canadian landing heavy combinations while Rodtang demonstrated his famed resilience. The judges rewarded the 26-year-old a unanimous win at One 167  for his hard work, improving his fabled career record to 272-43.

ONE 167 Results:

• Tawanchai PK Saenchai defeats Jo Nattawut via majority decision (Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship)
• Rodtang Jitmuangnon defeats Denis Puric via unanimous decision (Kickboxing – catchweight 141.25 lbs)
• Mikey Musumeci defeats Gabriel Sousa via submission (leg lock) at 3:07 of round one (Submission Grappling – bantamweight)
• Kade Ruotolo defeats Blake Cooper via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:20 of round one (MMA – lightweight)
• Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong defeats Masaaki Noiri via unanimous decision (Kickboxing – featherweight)
• Denice Zamboanga defeats Noelle Grandjean via unanimous decision (MMA – atomweight)
• Adrian Lee defeats Antonio Mammarella via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:56 of round two (MMA – lightweight)
• Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat defeats Johan Ghazali via unanimous decision (Muay Thai – flyweight)
• Victoria Souza defeats Itsuki Hirata via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:31 of round one (MMA – atomweight)
• Johan Estupinan defeats Zafer Sayik via unanimous decision (Muay Thai – bantamweight)

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