Former ONE Two Division World Champion Aung La N Sang is sticking to what he knows best, despite having endured the toughest stretch of his MMA career thus far.
After losing three of his last five fights inside the ring, ‘The Burmese Python’ has heard rumors about possibly turning things around to get out of the rut he’s currently in.
Those changes, of course, have to start behind closed doors in training. But Aung La prefers to leave things as they are.
Speaking to ONE Championship, the Burmese-American fighter, who trains at Kill Cliff in Florida, USA, said there is no need to sound the panic alarm just yet.
As far as the 37-year-old fighter is concerned, he sees no need to change the way he approaches fights.
Aung La shared:
“It doesn’t make a big difference. I know what my skill sets are, I know what I’m strong at, and I know what I’m good at. And in the gym, we have a lot of you, people who will give me a different look. 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 against anyone in the world.”
Aung La, who previously dominated ONE’s 205lb and 225lb divisions at the same time, has been on a rough patch since losing both world titles to Reinier de Ridder.
The Myanmar pride bounced back nicely by knocking out Leandro Ataides last year, but faced another setback in his trilogy match against rival Vitaly Bigdash at ONE: Full Circle in his last match.
Aung La N Sang Talks About The Difficulties Of Being Champion Of Two Divisions
Aung La entered the pantheon of MMA’s all-time greats when he simultaneously captured the ONE middleweight and light heavyweight crowns.
At the time, he was only the second multi-division world champion in the promotion’s history. The first was his old teammate Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen, who conquered the lightweight and featherweight divisions.
‘The Burmese Python’ was even the longest two-time world champion since their simultaneous 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 gold straps to protect.
In a recent interview with ONE, Sang discussed the difficulties of being and staying on top as a champion-champion.
“It is much more difficult than it seems. Winning it is one thing and then defending it is another. Defending in two different weight classes is a little more difficult.”
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