“2012 was a good year in that I was able to have two solid wins,” he said. “I would really like 2013 to be the year where I leap forward. I think this year will be a turning point for my MMA career.”
One of the reasons this year could provide a breakthrough for Ando is getting a chance to fight for Legend FC’s lightweight title on April 27 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, against Mongolian standout Jadamba Narantungalag.
“Jadamba Narantungalag is undoubtedly a very tough fighter,” said Ando. “He has all the technical skills to match his mental toughness. To win against him, I’ll really have to give it my all, summoning every ounce of strength.”
Ando acknowledges that there are pressures in fighting for a title, but he prefers to look at the larger picture heading into a contest of this importance.
“Fear and uneasiness are present in any match and the same can certainly be said for my next match against Jadamba,” he said. “These are the things that make one’s self feel alive.
“I’m not interested in overcoming little hurdles. I’m always looking for challenges, choosing the difficult paths. This said, Jadamba is a big hurdle, but overcoming this hurdle would bring about a lot of recognition. I therefore have a lot of motivation going into this match.”
In speaking to MMAWeekly.com, Ando also said that getting the chance to fight in front of the people of Kuala Lumpur will add to the excitement.
“With (Legend FC) being held for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, I’d certainly like to put on a great show for the local Malaysian fans and the fans around the world,” he said.
“If I can perform at 100 percent, I think fans will enjoy the show.”
Not only does Ando intend to entertain the fans, he’s confident that he’ll be leaving Malaysia with the championship belt around his waist.
“There are probably a lot of people out there thinking Jadamba is going to win, but that would be wrong, as I’m going to become the Legend lightweight champion.”