A blockbuster showdown between “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang and Filipino American superstar Brandon Vera is in the works.
Not backing down from a challenge, Aung La N Sang made no secret that he is open to sharing the cage with the ONE Heavyweight World Champion.
“He called me out, and I’m obliging to his request,” said Aung La, who is set to defend his ONE Middleweight World Championship against Ken Hasegawa at ONE: A NEW ERA in Tokyo, Japan on 31 March.
“I think I would fare pretty well. That’s part of the reason that I was gaining weight, putting on some mass, but now I have to drop it back.”
Aung La N Sang, a hero in his hometown of Myanmar, revealed that he pushed for the champion-versus-champion clash in Tokyo, but Vera has commitments outside the cage to fulfill.
“I asked to be on the Japan card, and Brandon Vera wanted to come after the light heavyweight belt, so in my mind, it was going to be Brandon Vera versus me in Japan,” he disclosed.
“But according to them, he has a movie role that he has to do, so that matchup has been postponed until later in the fall.
“So the next spot is Ken. And whenever they give me an opponent, I never turn it down. I always say ‘sure, let’s do it’.”
Aung La N Sang will square off with Hasegawa for the second time in less than a year, having defended his middleweight title in Myanmar back in June of last year.
“I was surprised it was Ken, but if you think about it, it makes sense,” Aung La said. “He is the top ranking middleweight fighter in Japa, and it’s a new market, so it is what it is.”
“I like Ken and I know he’s going to be training hard and respecting me. We should put on a pretty terrific match.”
A natural middleweight, Aung La N Sang will once again move up to light heavyweight to duke it out with Vera, who will come down a weight class.
Although Vera will have the obvious size and weight advantage over Aung La N Sang, “The Burmese Python” does not mind about it.
“I think we’d be the same weight. He would have the height advantage, for sure. But it doesn’t matter,” he mentioned.
“I train with way taller guys like Struve and guys who are way taller than me, so it doesn’t really matter.”