MMA

Aung La N Sang’s statue erected in Myitkyina, Kachin, Myanmar

Reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion “Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, was born in Myitkyina, Kachin, Myanmar on May 21, 1985 to ethnic Kachin parents Insang Tuu Aung and Shadan Nanbu. Recently, Myitkyina honored the mixed martial arts superfighter with a statue.

The statue was erected at the Kachin National Manau Park in Shatapru, Myitkyina. The traditional ceremony Myitkyina Manau takes place in this park semi-annually.

Aung was present during the unveiling of his statue in his hometown. Wearing his two ONE Championship belts, he attended the event with his wife Katie Oliphant.

The reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion is the fourth of five children. He attended high school at the International School Yangon in Bahan Townwhip, Yangon, Myanmar.

In 2003, Aung moved to the United States to study at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. In 2007, he graduated with a degree in Agriculture Science.

When Aung made his professional MMA debut on March 25, 2005 at “Total Fight Challenge 3” in Indiana, USA, he was knocked out by Emerson Rushing in the first round. But this did not stop the Kachin native.

After earning much experience in the cage, Aung joined ONE Championship in 2014. He defeated his first four opponents in the Singapore-based martial arts organization namely Mahmoud “Steel Man” Salama, 41, of Cairo, Egypt, Mohamed “Flex” Ali, 34, of Alexandria, Egypt, Aleksei Butorin, 32, of St. Petersburg, Russia and Michal Pasternak, 34, of Pinczow, Poland.

On January 14, 2017, Aung challenged then reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash, 34, of Rostov-on-Don, Rostov, Russia at “ONE: Quest for Power” at the Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, Indonesia. The Russian defending champion won via unanimous decision.

Bigdash and Aung had their rematch on June 30, 2017 at “ONE: Light of a Nation” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon. The Burmese challenger captured the title by defeating the Russian champ via unanimous decision.

On February 23, 2018, Aung  returned to the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium where he earned his light heavyweight championship title when he knocked out Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado, 36, of Brazil via head kick and punches at “ONE: Quest for Gold.” The Burmese MMA superfighter has yet to defend the title.

In the same venue on June 29, 2018 at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior,” Ken Hasegawa, 31, of Japan failed to dethrone Aung as the king of ONE Championship’s middleweight division. The Burmese defending champion knocked out his Japanese challenger via punches in the fifth round.

For the second time, Aung defended his middleweight championship belt on October 26, 2018 at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium. He knocked out Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki, 27, of Lebanon via punches in the first round.

Watch the full fight between Aung and Karaki here:

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