Aung La N Sang says opponents won’t change his style

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Former ONE two-division world champion Aung La N Sang is sticking to what he knows best, despite having the toughest time of his MMA career so far.

After dropping three of his last five fights inside the circle, “The Burmese Python” has heard whispers about the possibility of turning things around to get out of the rut he currently finds himself in.

These changes, of course, must begin behind closed doors during training. But Aung La prefers to keep things as they are.

Speaking to ONE Championship, the Burmese-American fighter, who trains out of Kill Cliff in Florida, USA, said there was no need to sound the panic alarm just yet.

As for the 37-year-old, he doesn’t see the need to change his approach to fighting.

Aung La shared:

“It doesn’t make a big difference. I know my skills, I know what I’m good at and I know what I’m good at. And at the gym, we have a lot of you know, people who will give me different looks. So I’ll camp around what [my opponent’s] strengths and weaknesses are. But that doesn’t really change the way I train. I am ready to compete with anyone in the world.

Aung La, who previously dominated ONE’s 205lb and 225lb divisions at the same time, has had a tough time since losing both world titles to Reinier de Ridder.

Myanmar Pride bounced back well by knocking out Leandro Ataides last year, but faced another setback in their trilogy match against rival Vitaly Bigdash at ONE: Full Circle in their final match.


Aung La N Sang talks about the struggles of being a two-division champion

Aung La carved a place for himself in the pantheon of MMA’s all-time greats when he simultaneously won the ONE middleweight and light heavyweight crowns.

At the time, he was only the second multi-divisional world champion in the promotion’s history. The first was his longtime teammate Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen who conquered the featherweight and lightweight divisions.

‘The Burmese Python’ was even the oldest double world champion as his concurrent reign lasted 980 days.

However, we have all heard the saying that heavy is the head that holds the crown. The pressure is amplified when you have two golden straps to protect.

In a recent interview with ONE, Sang spoke about the struggles of being and staying on top as a champ-champion.

He shared:

“It’s a lot harder than it looks. Winning it is one thing, defending it is another. Defending in two different weight classes is a bit more difficult.


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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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