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Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang bounces back, knocks out Brazil’s Leandro Ataides in Singapore

Aung La N Sang (©ONE Championship)
Aung La N Sang (©ONE Championship)

“The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 36, of Myitkyina, Kachin, Myanmar is back. The Burmese mixed martial arts superstar has earned his 12th victory in the Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship.

Aung and Leandro “Leo” Ataides, 34, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil co-headlined “ONE: Battleground” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on July 30, 2021. They battled it out in an MMA bout at a catch weight of 95.8kg.

Mohamad Sulaiman served as a referee. He put a stop to the catchweight contest after 3 minutes and 45 seconds in the first round when Aung knocked out Ataides.

It improved Aung’s professional MMA record to 27 wins, 12 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. Ataides now has 11 wins and 5 losses.

Both Ataides and Aung were coming out of a loss to reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion Reinier “The Dutch Knight” de Ridder, 30, of Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands.

Before “ONE: Battleground,” Ataides went to the Netherlands to train with de Ridder. On the other hand, Aung trains at Sanford MMA in Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States.

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Before the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Aung was the reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion. On October 30, 2020, he lost the middleweight belt to de Ridder at “ONE: Inside the Matrix” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

On April 28, 2021, Aung and de Ridder went back to the Singapore Indoor Stadium for their rematch at “ONE on TNT 4.” The Myitkyina native lost the light heavyweight title to his Dutch rival.

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