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Janet Todd celebrates after winning the interim atomweight Muay Thai title at ONE 159 in Singapore. Photos: ONE Championship

ONE Championship 159: Janet Todd says ‘of course Anissa Meksen is on my radar’ after winning Muay Thai belt

  • New two-sport champ admits she has a couple of big fights ahead of her after beating Lara Fernandez on Friday night in Singapore
  • ‘I want to unify the [Muay Thai] belts and defend my kickboxing belt. Both are in my cards,’ the American says

Anissa Meksen may have accused Janet Todd of ducking her in ONE Championship, but the new two-sport champ says she is game to throw down.

American Todd added the interim ONE atomweight Muay Thai title to her kickboxing crown after securing a unanimous decision over Lara Fernandez in Friday night’s ONE 159 co-main event in Singapore.

French-Algerian kickboxing juggernaut Meksen was quick to get in another jibe at “JT”, posting a not-so-cryptic message on her Instagram story after the fight.

“I fought everyone and never chose an opponent. That’s a real champion,” she said.

But 36-year-old Todd insisted she is not trying to avoid the 18-time world champion, admitting she has a couple of big fights ahead of her.

“It’s up to ONE Championship,” she said. “I want to unify the belts and defend my kickboxing belt. Both are in my cards. Especially since this is an interim belt, and it would be cool to be able to get the world title from Allycia [Rodrigues].”


Phuket-based Brazilian Rodrigues has not defended her atomweight Muay Thai belt since winning it from Stamp Fairtex in August 2020, having given birth to her first child last year.

“Allycia, I hope everything’s going well, hope you’re recovering and getting back to training. Can’t wait to meet you in the Circle,” Todd added.

Anissa Meksen heads to the Circle for her Muay Thai bout against Marie Ruumet in Singapore.
Meksen, who trains out of Phuket Fight Club with Rodrigues, has repeatedly vented her frustration at being passed over for a title shot, and told Todd to “put the belt on the table” after outclassing Marie Ruumet in her most recent outing in May.

“Of course, Anissa Meksen is on my radar as well,” Todd said, however, in her post-fight interview on Friday night.

Todd insisted she is relishing the prospect of having two targets on her back, and of possibly defending her titles on future Amazon Prime Video cards in US prime time.


“That would be awesome,” she said. “I’m an American, and it’s catering to a US audience, so I’d like to be part of that as well.”