Yangon, Myanmar: ONE Championship™ (ONE) recently held a media conference call, featuring ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar and compatriot “The Dragon Leg” Tial Thang.
Aung La N Sang, ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion, stated:
“I believe that I will definitely win. I have fought Ken before so I know what he will do. I have fought in other countries before fighting in Myanmar. I am not worried about fighting in Japan. My mindset and attitude towards the fight haven’t changed at all. The cage will always be the same for me. I have been preparing for the fight with great effort. The fight with Ken this time will be the greatest of all the fights I’ve done before. We will put on the best show. Thank you to all the fans out there. I am eternally grateful for my fans and their love. Please keep on supporting me as well as Tial Thang. I will do my best for the upcoming fight and everything I can for the next generation.”
Tial Thang, ONE Athlete, stated:
“It has always been my dream to be trained by Aung La N Sang and to join ONE Championship. I have been training everyday and preparing everything I can for the fight. I trust Aung La N Sang completely. I always look up to him as a role model. He is the best mentor I could ever ask for. I am very confident that I will win this fight and I intend to do so by wrestling or technical knockout in the first or second round. I am happy beyond words to be fighting in my country. I can’t wait to meet with the fans in Myanmar. I am ready for this! Please come and support me in my match happening on March 8.”
Aung La N Sang is Myanmar’s most successful athlete in history, whose impressive submission skills have earned him the moniker of “The Burmese Python.” Born in Myitkyina in the mountainous Kachin State, he belongs to an ethnic minority known as the Kachin. Aung La N Sang captured the ONE Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Vitaly Bigdash in June of 2017. In February 2018, he defeated Brazil’s Alexandre Machado to be crowned the ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion. He is set to defend his ONE Middleweight World Title against Japan’s Ken Hasegawa at ONE: A NEW ERA in Tokyo, Japan on 31 March.
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Myanmar-born “The Dragon Leg” Tial Thang is a 25-year-old martial artist set to compete in ONE Championship’s talent-filled featherweight division. Raised in Chin capital of Hakha where he practiced naban, a form of Greco-Roman style wrestling, Tial Thang hones his skills to become a well-rounded mixed martial arts competitor at Hard Knocks 365. After dominating the amateur ranks with his exquisite talent, Tial Thang fully realizes his dream to be a professional athlete, as he is scheduled to make his ONE Championship debut against Cambodian Kun Khmer practitioner Rin Saroth in a 68-kilogram catch weight contest at ONE: REIGN OF VALOR in Yangon, Myanmar on 8 March.
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