“He’s great to test me with”

‘The Burmese Python’ Aung La N Sang is excited for the opportunity to compete against another Asian MMA legend in Japanese star Yushin ‘Thunder’ Okami.

In an interview with ONE Championship ahead of his return at ONE 163 on Nov. 19, Aung La shared his excitement about facing a legendary fighter he personally watched as a fan:

“He’s one of the Asian mixed martial artists I’ve looked up to in the last 10 years and he’s fought in different organizations at a high level, so he’s great to test me with.”

Aung La N Sang is taking his first step towards regaining the glory he once had under the banner of ONE Championship. At his peak, ‘The Burmese Python’ held both the ONE world middleweight and light heavyweight titles amid a seven-fight winning streak that included notable wins over Vitaly Bigdash, Alain Ngalani and Brandon Vera.

His dominance was picked up in 2020 when “The Dutch Knight” Reinier de Ridder took his middleweight crown. De Ridder then went on to take on ‘The Burmese Python’ in 2021, also taking the light heavyweight crown.

Aung La bounced back with a first-round knockout of Leandro Ataides, but his lone appearance in 2022 landed him back in the loss column with a third-round knockout of former middleweight world champion Vitaly Bigdash.

Aung La N Sang expects to struggle against Yushin Okami at ONE 163

Aung La N Sang expects another tough matchup for himself when he takes on established Japanese MMA legend Yushin Okami at ONE 163 in less than two weeks.

“The Burmese Python” discussed how the two stars will match up against each other, suggesting that Okami’s length and grappling skills will prove difficult:

“Stylistically, I think he’s difficult for me. He’s taller and has more range as a grappler, and that’s the kind of fight I have issues with. So stylistically, for him, it’s a good match, and for me, I think it’s a good match as well.”

Both fighters will enter the fight in desperate need of victory.

Going 1-3 in his last four fights, Aung La N Sang will need to secure a victory to stay in the ONE Championship World Series. Meanwhile, Okami was victorious in his last outing, but that was more than three years ago and he is currently 1-2 in the ring.

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