ONE Championship had its first two-division champion on November 10, 2017 at “ONE: Legends of the World” where ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen, 28, also became the ONE Lightweight World Champion. If ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La N Sang, 32, emerges victorious at “ONE: Quest for Gold,” he will become the second two-division champion of the promotion.
Taking place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, “ONE: Quest for Gold” marks a significant milestone in Aung’s glorious reign as a world champion martial artist. The Burmese fighter will be competing against Alexandre Machado for the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship in the headlining bout of the blockbuster event.
“It is always an honor for me to perform in front of my fans in Myanmar, and to be able to make history and be in the position to capture a second world title in a different weight class is a massive achievement,” Aung said. “I relish the chance to compete for this title, and once again bring glory to the proud nation of Myanmar!”
Aung has his fans in mind as he tries to replicate Nguyen’s historical feat. The Burmese fighter said, “I will do everything in my power to emerge victorious and honor the fans who have placed their trust and support in myself and the prestige of our country.”
Born in Myitkyina in the mountainous Kachin State, Aung belongs to an ethnic minority known as the Kachin. He is Myanmar’s most successful athlete in history and his impressive submission skills has earned him the moniker of the Burmese Python.
In June 2017, Aung captured the ONE Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Vitaly Bigdash. In Aung’s most recent bout, he needed less than one round to finish heavyweight kickboxing champion Alain Ngalani in ONE’s first ever Open Weight Super-Bout.
Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Aung, in which he was asked to weigh in between Nguyen and Eduard Folayang at “ONE: Legends of the World” press conference: