Fighters have come back from bad injuries. But being able to return to your best after giving birth to a baby must be one of the toughest tasks of all.

It is a task that Allycia Rodrigues seems to be relishing. She faces Janet Todd at ONE Fight Night 8 next month and will be looking to prove she is still at her best despite taking over two years off in order to give birth to her first child.

She took to Instagram to share photos of herself before, during and after pregnancy:

Better understanding

She understandably feels that the most recent pic is the one she should be most proud of. But the reigning ONE Championship atomweight Muay Thai champion also believes that becoming a mother for the first time helped her to get a better understanding of herself and her body,

Being a mother was all I needed to understand myself and understand the size of my strength.

She hinted that it had not all been plain sailing telling her 138,000 Instagram followers that,

There have been many bad phases but I always stood firm.

Last minute

Her unification bout with Todd was originally scheduled to take place at ONE Fight Night 5. But the American tested positive for Covid-19 at the last minute and the fight was called off.

Rodrigues was still required to weigh in before collecting her fight purse. She tipped the scales at 113.5lbs, comfortably under the atomweight limit but her hydration tests came in at 1.0303 which is above the maximum level permitted.

It goes to show that the 22 year old has been able to get back in the same shape she was in before her pregnancy. Rodriguez trains full time in Phuket and has been there for over six months.

She is part of the team of female Muay Thai fighters at Phuket Fight Club. Her teammate Francisca Vera had a big win at ONE Friday Fights 4 last week.

On March 25th she will be fighting for the first time since 2020. Rodriguez is proud of the new, post pregnancy version of herself and will be looking to show she is still the #1 fighter in the division.