Since her arrival in ONE Championship, ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion and Janet “JT” Todd’s performances have lived up to the billing.
The American striker has never been one to shy away from battle, which makes her upcoming unification clash with the returning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion, Allycia Hellen Rodrigues, even more enthralling.
The two women battle this Saturday, 3 December, at ONE Fight Night 5: De Ridder vs. Malykhin at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Todd will look to unify her ONE Interim Atomweight Muay Thai World Title against the Brazilian in a bid to continue to cement herself as one of the best strikers on the roster.
Although her road to get here has been paved with grit, the 36-years-old's skill set has allowed her to remain front and center.
She debuted in ONE against Stamp Fairtex for the ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Title in February 2019. Although she lost the five-round battle, Todd made it a grueling fight for the Thai superstar.
Following the defeat, Todd made it clear she was here to stay, emphatically dismissing Wang Chin Long with a second-round TKO to kick off what has been a seven-fight winning streak in the promotion.
Todd then began to spread her wings even further by winning her next two contests, one which included a thunderous second-round head-kick finish of Ekaterina Vandaryeva.
Notching three consecutive victories, the Californian rematched Stamp in February 2020 – this time for the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Championship.
Having learned from her last outing against Stamp, Todd outpointed and outstruck her foe over five well-fought rounds to take the title off the Thai’s shoulder.
The 39-11 battler redeemed her only promotional loss, but she was not satisfied just yet. Despite wearing the kickboxing crown, she longed to rule the atomweight Muay Thai division, too.
Todd returned to her striking roots one year later, where she picked apart her opposition in Alma Juniku and Anne Line Hogstad for her shot at the ONE Interim Muay Thai World Championship.
The American yet again continued her dominance against Lara Fernandez at ONE 159, controlling all five rounds to pick up the interim strap and get closer to where she dreams of being.
This Saturday night, Todd has her chance. It’ll be her biggest moment yet against the returning Muay Thai queen in Rodrigues – and a victory would solidify her standing in ONE’s history books as two-sport queen.
Watch ONE Fight Night 5: De Ridder vs. Malykhin this Saturday, 3 December. The lead card will be broadcast live on Disney+ Hotstar and Star Sports Select 2 at 6:30 a.m. India Standard Time (IST). The main card will follow on Disney+ Hotstar and Star Sports Select 2 at 8:30 a.m. IST.