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VIDEO: Aung La dedicates his win to Anthony Johnson and Myanmar

LockerRoom Team
13 December 2022

Former ONE double champion Aung La N Sang returned to the ONE Circle recently when he picked up a win over Yushin Okami. Aung La made quick work of Okami and won the fight via a first-round stoppage at ONE 163.

While the win of Aung La was impressive, his actions after the fight also grabbed attention. After the win, Aung La dedicated his win to the late Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson and Myanmar.

Johnson, a former UFC Fighter, was also the teammate of Aung La N Sang. Johnson passed away from complications from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare autoimmune condition. He had a professional MMA record of 23-6 to his name and last competed in Bellator MMA back in 2021.

Prior to this, he was competing in the UFC with his last fight coming against Daniel Cormier in 2017 in which he suffered a loss. You can see the video of Aung La’s tribute below.

Aung La set to return against Fan Rong

The former two-division champion, who is coming off a shocking first-round finish of MMA great Yushin Okami last month, will be aiming for an astounding 29th career victory against Fan.

The win ended Aung La N Sang's two-fight losing streak and gave him some much-needed self-assurance as he plots his course for revenge. The Myanmar athlete, after all, wants to exact revenge on Reinier de Ridder for depriving him of his middleweight and light heavyweight gold medals in 2021.

Fan, on the other hand, will be no pushover when he is seated next to him that evening. The 19-3 fighter has a record that mirrors those of ONE Middleweight World Champion de Ridder and previous champion Vitaly Bigdash.

With six knockouts and 11 submissions, the Chinese scrapper is a fearsome foe for any middleweight and demonstrates his versatility in both striking and grappling.

After experiencing defeat against Bigdash, where he had been riding a two-fight winning streak before the penultimate loss to the Russian, "King Kong Warrior" will be eager to return to winning ways, much like Aung La N Sang before him

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