After returning to winning ways in late 2022, Aung La N Sang is looking to kickstart the new year in strong fashion.
The Myanmar icon returns this Saturday, 14 January, at ONE Fight Night 6 in Bangkok, Thailand, against Gilberto “Giba” Galvao in a catchweight MMA bout, the first fight in four years for the latter.
A strong outing against his 40-year-old adversary would put “The Burmese Python” right back into title contention. With that in mind, let’s look at three key tactics that Aung La N Sang should implement to leave the Circle victorious.
Counter Galvao’s Wild Strikes
The frame of Galvao may cause some issues for the Myanmar man, but one thing he must look out for will be the Brazilian’s striking. While it may not be the prettiest, it has proved effective throughout his career.
He has been known to charge forward and throw heavy hands, and Aung La N Sang has showcased brilliant counter-striking in his career. If the former two-division ONE World Champion can remain calm under Galvao’s storm, his counter-right hand could end the contest at any time.
Aung La N Sang has been working hard on his wrestling and grappling capabilities, and for good reason. The ground-fighting prowess of Galvao is the strongest and most dangerous facet of his game.
“The Burmese Python” has shown some weakness in recent times in terms of his takedown defence, and Galvao has made it clear that he intends to take him down and submit the former champion.
Fighting smart and controlling Galvao’s range will serve Aung La N Sang well in neutralising the massive threat of the Brazilian.
Keep A Fast Pace
In Aung La N Sang’s career, he has developed a tremendous fighting IQ. His ability to know when to take the fight steadily and when to put the pressure on is exactly what has enabled him to reach the mountaintop.
Galvao, on the other hand, seems to only have one speed in fighting – full blast, pedal-to-the-metal. This has given him multiple finishes throughout his career but has also provided the catalyst for him becoming very tired in his fights.
As long the Myanmar native can manage to escape the flurries and keep moving, he can tire out Galvao and pick his moments expertly.