Eduard “Landslide” Folayang successfully defended his ONE lightweight world champion title at “ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny” in his home country Philippines on April 21. The goal for Myanmar’s MMA hero Aung “The Burmese Python” La N Sang on June 30 is the same, to win in his home country.
Aung lost to ONE middleweight world champion Vitaly Bigdash at “ONE Championship: Quest for Power” on Jan. 14 in Indonesia. After five months, the two will have their rematch at “ONE Championship: Light of a Nation” in Myanmar.
“I feel like I wanted my revenge,” Aung said. “I wanted to be able to fight him again. My next fight is going to be a lot different from my first fight.”
On the other hand, being complacent is not an option for Bigdash. Some say going up against the same opponent is easy but he believes otherwise.
For Bigdash, a rematch is more difficult as he and his opponent are already familiar with each other’s strengths and weaknesses. At “ONE Championship: Light of a Nation,” the Russian fighter must prove that he did not defeat Aung by chance.
Winning in a home country appears to be common in ONE FC events recently. After Folayang’s win over Malaysian challenger Ev “E.T.” Ting, ONE atomweight world champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee won at “ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes” in her home country Singapore on May 26 against her Brazilian challenger Istela Nunes.
However, winning in a home country is not the only pattern in recent ONE FC events. ONE world champions have been winning over their challengers and this includes ONE welterweight world champion Ben “Funky” Askren, who ended Malaysian fighter Agilan “Alligator” Thani’s undefeated record at “ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes.”
Watch a video featuring Bigdash and Aung here: