Allycia Hellen Rodrigues made her comeback to the Circle in style this past Friday, March 24, at ONE Fight Night 8 on Amazon Video.
The Brazilian star won a unanimous decision over emerging two-sport queen Janet Todd in their ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Title unification match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, cementing her position at the top of the division.
Rodrigues' first match since winning gold from Stamp Fairtex in August 2020 was the co-main event, and while many questioned how the new mother would do after the long break and giving birth to her first kid, she was adamant that her hard work would pay off.
In the end, the 24-year-old Brazilian was correct, as she delivered a great performance in "The Lion City" that fans will remember.
Rodrigues, on the other hand, did not have everything her own way. Todd, who entered the fight as the interim titleholder and ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion, got off to a fast start.
The Brazilian struggled to find her rhythm over the opening two rounds, but after shaking off the cobwebs, she launched her dramatic takeover. She pummelling "JT" with heavy punches, elbows, and kicks, growing stronger as the fight went. And when the final horn rang, it was evident she had achieved her most spectacular victory to yet.
“I knew she was going to start strong and fast. I just kept calm, and I listened to my corner. Listening to my corner helped me get the victory,” she said in an interview with ONE Championship.
Speaking further, the champion addressed the call out from Stamp Fairtex and noted that she is ready to take on the former champion in kickboxing.
“[Kickboxing] will be a new challenge for me, and I want a new challenge. And I promise I’m going to show a better version of myself this time. [Also], Stamp [Fairtex] called me out. I’m going to be there. Just tell us the day and the time,” she added.
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