Rodtang Jitmuangnon contracted Covid-19 last September and missed out on a fight at ONE: ‘First Strike’ as a result. But the Thai fighter is thankful he didn’t have serious symptoms and thinks it is because he was vaccinated,

“I have had two Astra Zeneca jabs already and going for my Pfizer booster later this month. I had Covid already and think it (being vaccinated) helped  because I didn’t get serious problems with it.”

By contrast John Wayne Parr, who is unvaccinated, spent nearly a week in hospital and had such serious symptoms that he feared they were life threatening when he contracted Covid-19. For Rodtang it was a simple choice because he needed to be able to travel in order to fight,

“I wanted to travel for my career but I think everyone should get the vaccine. It will help to end Covid and it means that, if you do get it, the symptoms will not be too bad.”

Unvaccinated fighters are not allowed to enter Singapore but ONE Championship has still seen cards decimated by Covid-19. Five fights from Friday’s event have fallen through.

Having recently recovered from the virus and been fully vaccinated Rodtang will be confident that he won’t have any issues ahead of his mixed rules fight with Demetrious Johnson at ONE: ‘X’ in March.