Throughout his career in ONE Championship, Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang has authored some unforgettable moments in the cage.
From making his debut to capturing his second ONE World Championship in his homeland, the 33-year-old has captivated audiences with his talent, his durability, and his warrior spirit.
As we get closer to his middleweight world title defense against Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki at ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS in Yangon, Myanmar, Aung La N Sang shares his top five favorite moments in The Home Of Martial Arts.
#1 Claiming The ONE Middleweight World Title
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Posted by ONE Championship on Sunday, September 30, 2018
Aung La N Sang has several years left in his mixed martial arts career, but he believes it will be difficult for anything to top his first World Title victory.
“My number one favorite moment is winning the middleweight belt in Myanmar,” he says.
“For me to be able to do it in front of my country and my countrymen, it was the best feeling.”
In January 2017, he challenged previously undefeated titleholder Vitaly Bigdash for the belt at ONE: QUEST FOR POWER. Although he hung tough for five rounds, the fact he accepted the match on 10 days notice took its toll, and he lost via decision.
“The Burmese Python” was quickly offered a rematch with the Russian, however. They squared off in the main event of ONE: LIGHT OF A NATION, which emanated from the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium later that June. This time, the challenger had an eight-week training camp, and the result was a five-round instant classic.
After battling back and forth for 25 minutes, Aung La N Sang defeated Bigdash via unanimous decision to claim the ONE Middleweight World Title and become Myanmar’s first mixed martial arts World Champion – a feat that makes him swell with pride more than anything.
“I don’t fight out of emotion. I don’t fight out of hatred. I don’t fight out of revenge. It wasn’t avenging the loss. It wasn’t the personal reasons that made me happy,” he says.
“It was the fact that I finally reached championship status, that I was finally a champion – that was the greatest accomplishment with that match.”
#2 Becoming A Two-Division ONE World Champion
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Posted by ONE Championship on Thursday, September 27, 2018
Never one to shy away from a golden opportunity, Aung La N Sang did not blink when he was asked to compete for the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship against Brazil’s Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado in February.
The match was extremely quick. In a record-setting 56 seconds, Aung La N Sang landed a head kick that sent the Brazilian crashing to the canvas. “The Burmese Python” followed with a few punches to force the stoppage.
Just like that, the Myanmar sports icon was standing tall as only the second two-division ONE World Champion.
“It didn’t matter if it was five rounds or one minute. I was going to go in there and handle my business. I was very dialed in,” Aung La N Sang says.
“Physically, I was ready. Mentally, I was ready. Spiritually, I was ready.”
#3 Coming Home To Compete In Myanmar
Aung La Nsang(Burmese Python) knows how to snake in the submission!Yangon | 26 October | 6.00PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onegreatness18
Posted by ONE Championship on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Competing at home in Myanmar is something that will always feel special to Aung La N Sang, but there was nothing like his first time stepping into the cage at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium for his main-event bout with Mohamed “Flex” Ali.
“The Burmese Python” clashed with the Egyptian at ONE: UNION OF WARRIORS in March 2016, and he needed less than three minutes to submit his rival via guillotine choke.
However, Aung La N Sang’s outstanding performance was secondary to giving the passionate, sold-out home crowd something to cheer.
“Just being able to fight in front of Myanmar and seeing how much joy it gave them when I won [was a special moment],” he says.
That victory helped propel Aung La N Sang to stardom in his native land, and he relishes the chance to compete in Myanmar every time he goes there now.
#4 Pulling Through As The Underdog
Aung La Nsang(Burmese Python) returns home to defend his ONE Middleweight World Title on 26 October!Yangon | 26 October | 6:00PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/oneheroes18
Posted by ONE Championship on Monday, September 24, 2018
As a World Champion, Aung La N Sang usually steps into the ONE cage as the favorite, but there have been times during his tenure when he was viewed as the underdog.
“The win in China against 10-0 Russian Aleksei Butorin [was memorable] because I was a heavy underdog in that fight,” the Myanmar icon says.
The Russian powerhouse entered the contest with an unblemished resume and a 100 percent finishing rate – boasting nine knockouts and one submission win.
While he may not have been favored to win, “The Burmese Python” bucked the odds by going out and putting on one of his most impressive performances.
In the second round, he was able to catch Butorin in an arm-triangle choke, which eventually led to the submission win and his third straight victory after joining the ONE roster.
#5 A Grand Premiere
Get ready for Aung La Nsang(Burmese Python)'s return with this barnburner!Yangon | 26 October | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast
Posted by ONE Championship on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
After spending much of his career in the United States, Aung La N Sang was overjoyed when he received the call to showcase his skills under the ONE banner.
“I said this was going to be the beginning of my legacy for ONE Championship before the match started. I vividly remember that,” Aung La N Sang recalls.
“I told them in the interview, this was going to be the beginning of me being a champion in ONE.”
Just three years later, that prediction came true.