Jonathan Haggerty is without doubt one of the highest Muay Thai fighters on the earth and he’s getting ready to superstardom as a hybrid guidelines struggle with UFC legend Demetrious Johnson edges nearer.
The 25-year-old from London, a four-time world champion in his chosen sport, is the one British fighter to ever maintain a title within the Asian-based struggle promotion ONE Championship.
Like most younger Englishmen, Haggerty grew up taking part in soccer, however fell in love with Muay Thai and shortly made a reputation for himself in preventing.
“I initially began soccer at a younger age, and I used to be having fun with soccer, he informed talkSPORT.
“As I used to be rising up my dad informed me I needed to decide one [sport], so then I began preventing. I fell in love with it, he opened up a health club, after which I began coaching there.”
Haggerty is on a three-fight win streak after dropping to back-to-back defeats in opposition to Muay Thai phenom Rodtang Jitmuangnon.
Since then, Rodtang has gone on to face former UFC flyweight champion Johnson in a hybrid guidelines struggle.
The bout was scheduled for 4 rounds with the primary and third rounds being fought beneath Muay Thai guidelines whereas the second and fourth rounds have been fought beneath MMA guidelines.
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Johnson managed to compete on the ft within the opening spherical earlier than choosing up a submission win within the second stanza and now Haggerty desires a crack on the MMA icon.
“I used to be fairly impressed that he determined to face,” he stated. “He didn’t again off actually, however it could be a unique story with me and ‘Mighty Mouse’.
“I’m taller, my footwork is lots higher than Rodtang and I’m extra evasive. Additionally, rising up from a younger age in an MMA health club, I do know the fundamentals.
“If it goes to the second spherical I might be lots higher than Rodtang.”
‘The Normal’ is intent on turning into a Muay Thai champion once more beneath the ONE Championship banner earlier than transitioning to MMA full-time within the subsequent couple of years.
“I must get my belt again and go from there,” he stated. “I’d say two years. MMA is the principle aim. It’s a identified sport and Muay Thai isn’t actually talked about.
“I’d clearly stick with ONE Championship as a result of they’re an awesome promotion. I need to get to the highest in ONE on the MMA scene – that’s the aim.”