Representing Myanmar, “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar is still the reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion. He is also the reigning ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion, making him the only ONE Championship athlete who is currently reigning as the champion of two divisions simultaneously.
Aung defended his middleweight belt at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. He was challenged by Ken Hasegawa, 32, of Japan in a rematch.
“ONE: A New Era” featured 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. Prior to the main event, there were three co-main events, the second of which was the rematch between Aung and Hasegawa.
The ONE Middleweight World Championship bout between Aung and Hasegawa was the 13th bout of the evening at “ONE: A New Era.” Olivier Coste served as the referee.
Coste put a stop to the contest after 4 minutes and 41 seconds in the second round. Aung knocked out Hasegawa in front of the Japanese crowd.
Winning at “ONE: A New Era” improved the professional MMA record of Aung to 25 wins and 10 losses. On the other hand, Hasegawa now has 16 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw.
Even before the official announcement of Aung’s victory, reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Vietnam and Australia quickly entered the cage to congratulate his Burmese friend. Later on, reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of the Philippines expressed his interest in challenging Aung for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship title.
Including Myanmar and Japan, 19 countries were represented at “ONE: A New Era,” which is the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in Japan. The other countries represented were Australia, China, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United States.
Hasegawa was one of the six fighters from Japan on the “ONE: A New Era” card. Aung solely represented Myanmar.
Watch all the “ONE: A New Era” bouts here: