Allycia Rodrigues fought Stamp Fairtex on her ONE Championship debut in 2020. The atomweight Muay Thai title was on the line that day and the Brazilian won it, silencing the fans in Bangkok.
It would be nearly three years before she returned to the cage but Rodrigues made her sophomore appearance last weekend and beat interim champion Janet Todd at ONE Fight Night 8 to unify the belts. The Brazilian took time off to give birth to her first child but wants to stay active not that she is back on the fighting circuit.
The unified champion has several options but it sounds like the fight that Rodriguez really wants is a rematch,
“Stamp called me out. I’m going to be there. Just tell us the day and the time.”
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The fist fight between the two was close with Rodrigues taking the split decision win. Stamp was handed a generous decision at Impact Arena last time out when she beat Supergirl Jaroonsakgym.
So Rodrigues might feel that the fight was not as close as the scoring made it sound but she still wants to run it back. But if Stamp beats Alyse Anderson at ONE Fight Night 10 in May she has been promised a shot at the interim atomweight MMA title.
That means it could be a while before we see the Thai star compete in Muay Thai again and if that fight isn’t on the table she would like to challenge for a second belt. Janet Todd also holds the atomweight kickboxing title and Rodrigues would like a shot at that,
“I want a new challenge. And I promise I’m going to show a better version of myself this time.”
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Rodrigues made a slot start at ONE Fight Night 8 but says this was all part of the plan,
“I was over two years out of fighting, so my timing was slightly off. And we planned to start slow, but after the third round, we knew which direction to take.”
She fights out of Phuket Fight Club which has a reputation as being one of the best Muay Thai camps in the country. But is is run by Brazilian and it sounds like having her compatriots in the corner made all the difference for Rodrigues,
“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.”
Angela Lee set the blueprint for making a successful comeback after giving birth and Rodrigues said afterwards she was inspired by the atomweight MMA champion. But it sounds like the 24 year old was always confident she would be able to recapture the form that saw her win the belt back in 2020,
“I feel amazing. I have a lot of support from my family and my team. I knew if I worked hard, I could come back and keep my belt with me.”