Aung La Nsang probably won’t be fighting in Myanmar again. But the Burmese middleweight might feel that Bangkok is the next best thing after getting a rapturous reception from the crowd at ONE Fight Night 6.
He stopped Gilberto Galvao in the opening round at the Impact Arena and judging from the response the crowd might have consisted primarily of Burmese fans. It is back to back wins for the 37 year old who picked up a $50,000 USD bonus for his efforts.
His opponent was a BJJ black belt but Galvao came out throwing haymakers. He paid the price when La Nsang dropped him with a right uppercut but the Brazilian seemed happy to be on his back.
La Nsang decided to stay out of his opponent’s guard and told Galvao to get back to his feet. The Brazilian promptly shot for a takedown but the former middleweight and light heavyweight champion sprawled and stuffed the attempt.
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With Galvao off balance La Nsang shoved him to the ground and started unloading with ground and pound. The Brazilian was covering up but the punishment was relentless and the referee stepped in to stop the fight, prompting only the mildest of protests.
Afterwards La Nsang addressed the crowd in Burmese and English,
“I want to thank the Myanmar fans all over the world. It feels great to be back, two fights in three months. Let’s keep the ball rolling. I’m available for whenever. The Denver card let’s go.”
ONE Fight Night 10 is set for Denver on May 10th. Regardless of whether he gets a spot on that card La Nsang can reflect on a good few months that has seen him resurrect a career that appeared to be ailing.
He lost both his titles after being beaten by Reinier de Ridder. But La Nsang has regained his momentum with back to back stoppage wins, he only missed out on a $50,000 bonus last time out because he was late making weight.