Fighting out of Myitkyina, Kachin, Myanmar, “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, is still the reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion. Once again, the Burmese mixed martial arts superfighter successfully defended his title in front of his compatriots at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
On October 26, 2018, Aung and Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki, 27, of Lebanon headlined “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium. It was the 10th bout of the evening.
Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the championship bout between Aung and Karaki at 2:21 of Round 1. The defending champion knocked out his Lebanese challenger.
Karaki entered the ONE Championship cage as a debutante and an undefeated fighter. This made Aung the first MMA fighter to defeat the Lebanese fighter, who now has 9 wins and 1 loss.
By winning at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness,” Aung now has 24 wins and 10 losses. It was his ninth ONE Championship victory.
Now, Aung is riding a five-bout winning streak. The only fighter who defeated him in ONE Championship was former ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash, 34, of Rostov-on-don, Rostov, Russia.
Bigdash defeated Aung at “ONE: Quest for Power” on January 14, 2017 via unanimous decision. When they had their rematch at “ONE: Light of a Nation” on June 30, 2017, the Burmese fighter had his redemptive victory by winning via unanimous decision.
As the reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion, Aung now has two successful title defenses. His first opponent was Ken Hasegawa, who failed to capture the title at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” on June 29, 2018.
Aung is also the reigning ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion. He has yet to defend his belt in this division.
Currently, Aung is the only ONE Championship athlete reigning in two divisions simultaneously. Meanwhile, watch all the “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” bouts here: