23 May 2018 – Yangon, Myanmar: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the main event for “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior,” which is set for June 29, 2018 at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. Reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar will defend his middleweight title against Ken Hasegawa, 31, of Japan.
“Whenever Aung La N Sang steps foot on Myanmar soil, he is greeted by throngs of screaming fans,” ONE Championship chairman of CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “He truly is Myanmar’s biggest star, and is a great representative of the country’s strength and resolve.”
“Our ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion is ready to face a tough new opponent in Japan’s Ken Hasegawa, and I am super excited for another action-packed evening in Yangon,” Sityodtong added. “‘ONE: Spirit of a Warrior’ is shaping up to be one of the biggest nights in Myanmar’s martial arts history, and fans will not want to miss what goes down at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.”
Aung is Myanmar’s most successful athlete in history, whose impressive submission skills have earned him the moniker of The Burmese Python. Born in Myitkyina in the mountainous Kachin State, he belongs to an ethnic minority known as the Kachin.
On June 30, 2017, Aung captured the ONE Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Vitaly Bigdash. In the Burmese fighter’s most recent bout, he defeated Brazil’s Alexandre Machado to be crowned the new ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion.
“It is always a pleasure and a privilege to share my skills and talents to everyone back home,” Aung stated. “As champion, I am willing to take on all comers. It is an honor to represent the country of Myanmar on the biggest global stage of martial arts competition.”
“This world championship means a lot to me, to those who have been behind my career from the very beginning, to my family, and to my friends,” the reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion continued. “I will do everything in my power to defend this title against the hungry lion that is Ken Hasegawa.”
Ticket information for ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR is available at www.onefc.com.