At ONE Fight Night 10, Aung La N Sang is certain that he will defeat Fan Rong by first-round technical knockout.
After their initial battle at ONE Fight Night 6 on Prime Video in January was called off, the two middleweight veterans are scheduled to square off on Friday, May 5, on a US fight card in Denver, Colorado.
The Burmese Python promised to deliver another legendary highlight-reel ending in the hopes of hearing Myanmar supporters chanting from inside the stadium.
According to Aung La N Sang, who spoke with South China Morning Post MMA:
“Violent finish within the first three rounds, don’t blink because I’m bringing everything with me in this fight. I’m putting my body through hard and intense training and it’s gonna be the best version of me so far.”
Aung La has been on a mission to reclaim his place at the top of the ONE middleweight class ever since Reinier de Ridder defeated him for both the light heavyweight and middleweight titles a few years back.
The unbeaten Russian Anatoly Malykhin defeated de Ridder in the latter’s final bout inside the ring, handing him his first-ever loss. Malykhin was able to finish the world champion in the first round thanks to his obvious size advantage and wrestling history, which allowed him to maintain the battle on the floor.
Aung La N Sang wasn’t astonished by Malykhin’s success over his previous foe despite his own performances against de Ridder. He even discovered a few things that, in his opinion, would offer him a competitive advantage if he ever saw “The Dutch Knight” again.
“The Burmese Python,” speaking with the South China Morning Post, said:
“I mean, confidence I always have it in my head how I would fight him next. I would fight him again and what I need to improve on in my game, so yes. Technically speaking, that’s a very similar game plan that I would have to use to beat RDR. I don’t see his striking drastically improving in the next six months or so if I were to fight him, so that would be the play.”
The Myanmar icon is razor-sharp and committed to improving his MMA skill sets so that the next time he faces de Ridder, he’ll be prepared. He’s taken the lessons he’s learned from his defeats and is now focused on doing so.
According to Aung La N Sang, fighting in North America will “be a lot easier.”
Aung La N Sang hopes to maintain his winning streak by claiming victory in ONE Fight Night 10 on May 5. The confrontation with China’s Fan Rong differs significantly from his past encounters in one important way.
The organisation will hold its inaugural event in the country at ONE Fight Night 10. The event will be broadcast live from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, and it will be a historic night for ONE Championship.
Fighters like Aung La N Sang who train out of Kill Cliff FC in Florida will not have to go across the globe to participate thanks to the drastically different difference in environment.
The Burmese Python discussed his plans to take advantage of the chance to fight for a change in North America during the same interview with SCMP:
“I can bring more training partners, I can make it more, I can make preparations easier for the fight towards the end and I have a lot of things in my control than versus let’s say like in Singapore or even in like the worst example would be like in China where I couldn’t speak their language in a foreign country. I had a hard time getting the right food and such you know. But this one it’s gonna be a lot easier.”
American viewers with an Amazon Prime Video subscription can watch ONE Fight Night 10 on Prime Video live and for nothing.