Heading into his first fight of the year this past April, welterweight Aung “Burmese Python” La N Sang had built up momentum with back-to-back victories. Unfortunately, it only took 24 seconds to undo all that momentum.
Aung admittedly made a tactical mistake that cost him the fight against Kyle Baker.
“I threw a head kick and thought he was in more trouble than he was and rushed into it,” Aung told MMAWeekly.com. “I was really disappointed. I feel like I gave him the fight.
“This is probably the most disappointing fight, but you have to just get up. I always look at the positive things. It’s going to help me because more cautious fighter, a better fighter.”
Not only did Aung take something positive from the fight, but Baker tested positive for banned substances and the fight was ruled a no contest.
With his winning streak intact, Aung (13-8) now looks to get that illusive third win a row when he returns to the CFFC on Saturday at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., against former Bellator fighter Shedrick Goodridge (3-5).
“Striking-wise, I hit harder and I think I can put him out,” said Aung of Goodridge. “I think I’m more powerful than he is and technically cleaner than he is. I just have to make sure that I don’t get caught with a crazy shot.
“I’m going to be more cautious in this fight, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be boring. If I see an opening, I’m going to take it.”
Should Aung win his third fight in a row (and second for the CFFC), he could find himself in title contention, but that’s not what he’s focused on for the remainder of 2013.
“I have this fight and another fight for (CFFC), so I want to fight again in another couple months,” he said. “If they don’t give me the title shot next, it doesn’t matter; I just want to stay active this year.”
His own fighting career aside, as always, a very important issue for Aung is his continued efforts to bring attention to the conflict going on his native Burma.
“There’s a war still happening in Burma, nothing much has changed since we last spoke (in April),” he said. “I wish I could do more. I’m not a big politician, I’m not rich or anything like that, but I’m going to try my best to raise awareness.
“I’m probably going to walk out with the (Burmese) flag and will donate a portion of my money (from this upcoming fight). So little by little they’ll get more awareness and hopefully next year I can fight in Asia (and help from there as well).”