Hailing from Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, Ken Hasegawa, 31, is set to make his ONE Championship debut on June 19, 2018. He will challenge reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar in the middleweight division.
“I respect him and what he has accomplished,” Hasegawa said of Aung. “But I am confident of victory, and my hand will be raised as the new middleweight champion.”
The middleweight championship bout between Aung and Hasegawa will be the main event of “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior.” It will take place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
“After eight years of excellence as a professional, I have reached the next stage in my career, and I can’t be any more excited for what is in store for me,” Hasegawa stated. “I am grateful to ONE Championship for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents to the world. It is an honor to face Aung La N Sang for the belt.”
Hasegawa is a mixed martial arts veteran who has finished three of his last five opponents. He has become known for his undeniable submission skills and thunderous knockout power when he competed in Japanese martial arts promotions Deep and Rizin.
Currently, Hasegawa has a professional MMA record of 16 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. His wins include 4 submissions and 6 knockouts.
“DEEP 82 Impact” marked Hasegawa’s most recent bout before his ONE Championship debut. He submitted his fellow Japanese fighter Genpei Hayashi, 28, via arm-triangle choke.
On the other hand, Aung has 22 wins, 10 losses and 1 No Contest. In his most recent bout, he became the ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion after knocking out Alexandre Machado at “ONE: Quest for Gold.”
This made Aung the second two-division world champion of ONE Championship, following reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam.
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion: