In today’s edition of the daily Sportskeeda ONE Championship News Roundup, we bring you three important stories from the promotion. Itsuki Hirata has opened up about her weight-cutting issues and the criticism she has faced as a result. Meanwhile, two-sport ONE world champion Janet Todd has suggested that Japanese kickboxer Takeru would be perfect for the promotion and even invited him to face Rodtang Jitmuangnon. Finally, Liam Harrison has revealed that he was supposed to fight Rodtang before an unfortunate injury sidelined him. Read on for all the details.
Important Details about ONE Championship March 17 news roundup: ONE Championship news roundup –
– Itsuki Hirata opens up about psychological impact of criticism for failed weight cuts
– Janet Todd suggests ONE Championship sign Takeru for potential showdown with Rodtang
– Liam Harrison reveals discussions with ONE about fighting Rodtang before injury
– Harrison’s recovery progressing well, but no timetable for return
– The article includes embedded video content from a Liam Harrison interview.
Itsuki Hirata admits weight-cutting criticism affected her mentally
In recent times, Itsuki Hirata has been in the news for her weight issues, which have taken a toll on her mentally. Hirata, commonly known as ‘Android 18’, has already shown promise in her MMA career by winning six of her first seven matches inside the circle. However, she has experienced weight issues on a number of occasions, and her latest problem led to the postponement of her scheduled match against Ham Seo Hee last year.
Hirata has opened up about how the constant criticism about her weight issues has affected her mental state. While preparing for her re-scheduled fight with Ham Seo Hee, the second-ranked ONE women’s atomweight fighter, she admitted that it’s always tough to be criticized, but she intends to come back with a fresh mindset.
Janet Todd wants Takeru to join ONE Championship
Janet Todd, a two-sport ONE world champion, has recommended that Japanese kickboxer Takeru sign with ONE Championship. The former K-1 multi-division world champion has recently trained at Boxing Works in California, which is also Todd’s home. After seeing Takeru up close, Todd has concluded that he would be an excellent addition to ONE Championship.
Todd even suggested that Rodtang Jitmuangnon, the promotion’s flyweight Muay Thai king, should fight Takeru in his first ONE fight. According to Todd, they’re both strong, tough fighters who like to stay in the pocket, and their clash would make an interesting bout.
Liam Harrison’s scheduled fight with Rodtang cut short due to injury
According to fourth-ranked bantamweight contender Liam Harrison, he had discussions with ONE chairman Chatri Sityodtong about a catchweight fight against flyweight Muay Thai world champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon, which had to be canceled due to a leg injury.
During his match with the bantamweight Muay Thai kingpin Nong-O Hama last January, Harrison injured his knee, resulting in surgery. While he still doesn’t have a specified return date, he is on the road to recovery and is steadily regaining strength.
In summary, Itsuki Hirata’s courage to speak candidly about her weight-cutting issues encourages people to be honest about their own experiences. It’s also refreshing to see athletes concerned about their mental well-being amid the increasing pressure in the industry.
Additionally, Janet Todd’s recommendation for Takeru to join ONE Championship highlights the brand’s desire to acquire and showcase top talent worldwide. Lastly, Liam Harrison’s injury prevented a potentially remarkable Muay Thai match between him and Rodtang, adding weight to the need to prioritize an athlete’s health and wellness in sports.