The pressure was on Burmese middleweight Aung La Nsang as he fought in his homeland for the very first time at ONE: Union of Warriors on Friday night (local time). For a couple of minutes, it looked like Mohamed Ali might spoil the party and silence the crowd at the Thuwanna Stadium, but in the end, the superior ground game of the local favorite won the day.
The Egyptian came out swinging at the start of the fight, looking to land hard blows right from the opening bell. By contrast, La Nsang looked light on his feet and was trying to take his time, but for a moment, he appeared in danger of being overwhelmed as Ali swarmed all over him with punches.
When La Nsang landed a body kick, Ali easily caught it and bundled him to the ground, but sensibly elected to make the Myanmar born fighter stand up. As the Egyptian pushed the pace, they ended up clinching against the cage with both fighters trying to land knees to the midsection.
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La Nsang jumped for a guillotine, but Ali popped out immediately and ended up on top. Before he could attempt any offense, the Burmese fighter executed a textbook sweep to reverse him and they both popped back to their feet.
With Ali’s aggression causing him some problems in the striking exchanges, La Nsang briefly experimented with switching stance. He returned to orthodox and landed another body kick, but once again, the Egyptian caught it and took him down.
This time Ali would pay a heavy price for taking the fight into his opponent’s comfort zone. Before his back had even touched ….View full article