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‘This Could Be Fight Of The Year’ Aung La N Sang Excited For Moraes Vs. Johnson II

Jun 24, 2022

Former two-division ONE World Champion Aung La N Sang knows what it takes to deliver memorable martial arts action, and he believes the upcoming rematch for the ONE Flyweight World Title has the potential to be epic.

After a historic knockout win last year, reigning divisional king Adriano Moraes will defend his gold against MMA legend Demetrious Johnson for the second time at ONE 161 on Friday, 26 August.

Their main event showdown will take place during North American primetime, and Aung La N Sang is expecting another barnburner in front of a huge international audience.

He told ONE Championship:

“I think this could be the fight of the year. They’re both great fighters, so it could be.”

As a fellow Florida resident, Aung La N Sang knows Moraes very well, and he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Brazilian earn another victory over DJ.

“The Burmese Python” thinks size will play a major role and allow the American Top Team representative to go 2-0 against a man many describe as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.

He said:

“Physically for a flyweight, Adriano is so big. He’s bigger than most bantamweights, and for him to make flyweight so easily, it’s insane. I think Adriano has a very good chance of beating DJ again.”

Aung La N Sang Wasn’t Shocked When Adriano Moraes Finished The MMA GOAT

Most fans and pundits were stunned when Adriano Moraes knocked out Demetrious Johnson to retain the ONE Flyweight World Title at “ONE on TNT I” in April 2021.

After all, it was the first KO loss of Johnson’s storied career, and he was coming off a victory in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final.

But while “Mighty Mouse” is widely considered the MMA GOAT after winning 12 World Titles in North America, Aung La N Sang was not surprised by the result.

He’d watched Moraes dominate in Asia for years and knew the longtime divisional king had what it took to stay on top.

“The Burmese Python” said: 

“To me, it was not a shock at all. We practice the sport of mixed martial arts. How can you say one person from another league is better when we’re doing the same thing and putting in the same hard work?

“[Moraes] was a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt at a very young age. He’s got good boxing. He’s as big as they get for flyweight. His build, his size, his skill set, his physical attributes, they all make him the real deal.”

Of course, Aung La N Sang knows it would be foolish to write off an all-time great like Johnson in the rematch.

He expects a strong effort from “Mighty Mouse” on 26 August, but he’s still picking “Mikinho” to take care of business once again.

The Myanmar star added:

“[The first fight was] not a surprise. It’s not a fluke. You’ll see it in the next fight. I’m not saying that Adriano is going to win for sure, but he has a very, very good chance of beating DJ again.”

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