From his conquests inside the cage to his advocacies and charity
work, Aung La N
Sang is every inch a hero in his native of Myanmar. His humble
career has been sprinkled with defining moments, and here are five
that stand out so far.
N Sang may have lost his professional debut, but he bounced back
big time by going undefeated in his next five bouts. He finished
all five of his opponents in five different promotions, including
King of the Cage. What’s even more impressive is the fact that all
five wins came in the first round. With this streak, N Sang proved
the way to getting back on track after a loss is through hard work
N Sang’s first attempt at One
Championship gold was spoiled by then undefeated Russian
Bigdash. The native of Myanmar certainly made a good account of
himself, driving his foe to the final bell for the first time in
his career. But it was Bigdash who had the bigger moments in what
was a thrilling contest that ended with a unanimous decision win.
The setback eventually opened up an opportunity to come back better
and stronger for N Sang.
A Hero Rises
One FC: Pride of a Nation, however, told a different story. While N
Sang did allow some takedowns on a few occasions, it was his early
conquest that made the difference. In fact, he almost finished
Bigdash in the opening round. The Russian deserved credit for his
durability, but in the end, the damage inflicted proved enough for
“The Burmese Python” to be awarded the decision victory and the One
Championship middleweight title. N Sang also became Myanmar’s first
world champion in the process and just might be the first for the
country in any mainstream sport.
Unlike in his two fights with Bigdash, N Sang didn’t have a hard
time dealing with Alexandre
Machado for the One Championship light heavyweight belt. He
only needed 56 seconds to dispose of the Brazilian and he did it
with a devastating head kick followed up by punches. With his
triumph, N Sang became only the second One Championship fighter to
hold two titles at the same time.
N Sang has yet to defend his light heavyweight belt but has been
phenomenal at safekeeping his 185 pound strap. In fact, all three
of his title defenses haven’t gone the distance. He TKO’d Ken
Hasegawa twice as well as the previously unbeaten Mohammad
Karaki once. In all, he has collected 11 wins by KO or TKO and
12 by submission.