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‘Burmese Python’ to Take on ‘Chocolate Thunder’ in US Cage Fighting Match

By The Irrawaddy 16 August 2013

RANGOON — Ethnic Kachin cage fighter Aung La N Sang, also known as the “Burmese Python,” is set to face off against Shedrick Goodridge on Saturday in the United States.

The fight will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the Borgata hotel and casino, according to Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC), a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter. For fans in Burma, pay-per-view will air the fight live at 8 am local time on Sunday.

Sang, who lives in Maryland, was quoted by CFFC as saying, “For the first time in CFFC history, my fight will be available to people in Asia and Myanmar on live broadcast.”

“I am excited that my friends, family and fans in Myanmar can view this event online and cheer me on via Internet pay-per-view,” he said.

The Burmese Python defeated his opponent Jason Louck in October last year with a first-round knockout. Many of his fans in Burma watched the fight online.

He described Shedrick Goodridge, known as “Chocolate Thunder,” as a “young and hungry 6’2” fighter … an exciting striker and a good wrestler.”

“I have prepared really hard for this match,” he told CFCC. “I trained six days a week, multiple sessions a day on boxing, Muay Thai, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu jitsu. I know I’m going to be ready and comfortable wherever the fight goes. Don’t blink because my style is always action packed and I always fight for the finish.”

He said he aimed to become the best welterweight MMA fighter in the world.

“My priority in life is in achieving this dream,” he was quoted as saying. “It doesn’t matter how many speed bumps or falls I take down the road, I am going to soldier on. I may not be the most talented or athletic fighter but with a great team and hard work, I will achieve what many talented athletes can’t achieve.”

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