Nsang ‘confident’ ahead of fight
MYANMAR MMA star Aung La Nsang appeared cool, calm and collected yesterday at a press conference with upcoming opponent Michal Pasternak. The Kachin fighter, who boasts a record of 18-9, said he will enter the ring on October 7 with plenty of confidence, despite Pasternak’s better record of 11-1.
“I know I can beat my Polish opponent because Myanmar is my homeland,” he told reporters at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel. “I’ll try my best to make my people proud.”
His best will be put to the test by the Polish Pasternak, a much taller fighter whose reach will cause problems for Aung La Nsang. The upcoming fight will be the Burmese Python’s second bout in his homeland, but should prove more challenging than the first, against Egyptian fighter Mohamed Ali in March.
If he can win, it will be his fourth consecutive victory, having most recently bested Russian fighter Aleksei Butorin in China on July 2. Both Butorin and Ali lacked the size that Pasternak will bring to the ring, but Aung La Nsang – who stands about 2 inches shorter – remains unphased.
“Michal is taller than me and his wrestling skills are amazing,” he said, frankly. “But I’m already watching his videos and studying his strengths and weaknesses. My trainers and I will make sure I’m ready.”
He added that he will return to the Golden Land in three weeks, encouraging Myanmar fans to buy up tickets and provide a warm welcome.
“Spectators are a source of strength for me,” he said. “See you at the fight.”
Pasternak had a different message for the Myanmar fans, saying that he would be happy to disappoint them and their countryman with a victory in the ring.
“Spectators won’t be left wanting more,” he said. “I’ll come to fight, and I fight to win.”
He added that he was happy to come to Myanmar with ONE Championship and hopes to help grow mixed martial arts in a country where lethwei has long ruled.
“I’m proud to participate in this fight,” he said.
Lethwei fighters will also be listed on the card, with Ye Yint Aung, Saw Yan Paing, Phoe Thaw and Katpa Lei all climbing into the cage.
Ye Yint Aung will go toe to toe with Saw Yan Paing, while Phoe Thaw looks to face Katpa Lei in his third career MMA fight.
The two fighters met for the first time yesterday at a press conference in Kandawgyi Palace Hotel.