Light of a Nation (လူမျိုးတစ်မျိုးရဲ့အလင်း) – Aung La N Sang

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June 30th, 2017. At the event aptly titled Light of a Nation, Aung La N Sang became a national hero. He became Myanmar’s first-ever world champion in any mainstream sport. At an event where he beat Vitaly Bigdash in a 5 round war to win the ONE Championship Middleweight World Title.


Sang was born in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar to ethnic Kachin parents. In 2004, he moved to the United States to study Agriculture Science. He graduated in 2007 and worked as a migratory beekeeper alongside his MMA Training, the commitment that tells the story of Sang’s career to date.


N Sang with Kachin flag

Sang made his MMA debut in 2005, and it wasn’t long before he was given the nickname “The Burmese Python” for his devastating submission skills. It was in 2012 that Sang rise to the top began. He became a social media sensation when footage of him knocking out Jason Louck at CFFC17 became a viral hit in the Kachin State after said fight Sang was seen posing with the Kachin flag.


June 14th 2014, Sang made his ONE Championship debut defeating Mahmoud Salama 1 minute into the 1st round when he reversed a mount to gain top position and ground and pounded his way to a impressive victory, after finishing 2016 with 3 impressive victories Sang earned himself a shot at the middleweight title against Vitaly Bigdash a fight that Sang lost by decision suffering his first defeat at ONE.


1st ever Myanmar World Champion

Just five months later Sang earned a rematch against Bigdash at Light of a Nation. However, it was special, the event took place in Sangs home country, Myanmar. Sang was part of a 5 round war. A fight he was so close to winning in the 1st round, when he dropped and had Bigdash hurt, after going the 5 rounds, it was Sang with his hand raised after winning by unanimous decision, Sang became the first-ever world champion in any mainstream sport, winning the ONE Championship Middleweight World championship.


Two division World champion

On February 23, 2018, Sang stopped Alexandre Machado in Yangon to win the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship. After catching the champion with a head kick and ferocious punches, he became the second fighter, after Martin Nguyen, to win ONE Championship titles in two divisions.


Just one year after winning the Middleweight championship, Sang defended the same championship against Ken Hasegawa. The fight goes down as possibly the greatest title fight in ONE Championship history. After another war, Sang managed to find a finish in the 5th round, with less than 2 minutes remaining Sang landed some heavy body shots and landed a right uppercut and got the finish.


Sang made his first Light Heavyweight title defense against Brandon Vera at ONE Championship: Century on October 13, 2019. During the match, Sang connected a spinning elbow that had Vera stumbling and followed it through with punches. Sang defeated Vera by technical knockout in the second round and successfully defended the ONE Light Heavyweight title.


Becoming a superstar in his native land via his ONE Championship success. Sangs committed various charity projects by using his reach and fame to try and help the people of Myanmar. He has given his support to educational charities such as “Street School Initiative” and Global Citizen, as well as other causes in his native Kachin state.

Sang is also very passionate of Myanmar wildlife, and he has been a big supporter of Voices for Momos. A campaign which was set up in 2017 to fight against illegal wildlife trade.

In November 2018, The World Wide Fund for Nature appointed Sang as a ambassador of Fighting Wildlife Crime.

A proud father setting the example for his children to follow.

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