Aung La N Sang stands alongside Martin Nguyen also the only competitors in One Championship history to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously. Since he captured the middleweight crown from Vitaly Bigdash in June 2017, he has successfully defended it twice. Sang laid claim to a second championship with his head kick knockout of Alexandre Machado in February, the win bringing him light heavyweight gold.
“The Burmese Python” owns a 9-1 record in One Championship and finds himself in a holding pattern while he awaits his next assignment. Here are some of the numbers that have come to define Sang to this point of his career:
14: Years as a professional fighter. Sang’s debut did not go according to plan, as he lost to Emerson Rushing at a Total Fight Challenge event in March 2015. However, the defeat seemed to fuel his fire: He rattled off five straight victories, all of them first-round finishes, across various promotions, including King of the Cage.
2: Rounds surrendered to Jim Martens in his second King of the Cage appearance. Sang had built a reputation as a fierce competitor and was favored to win, but Martens sprang the upset and handed him the second defeat of his career.
2: Years in which Sang fought five times. It happened in 2006 and again in 2007 while he was making a name for himself.
1: Appearance under the Bellator MMA banner. Sang competed at Bellator 68, where he was pitted against Jesus Martinez. He made quick work of the American, finishing him with punches in just 36 seconds.
25: Pro fights under his belt before signing with One Championship. Sang was 15-9 with one no-contest at the time. However, he showed he belonged in a hurry, racking up four straight wins to start his tenure with the company.
10: Full rounds fought with Bigdash. Sang in 2017 engaged in an excellent rivalry with the Russian, who defeated him by decision for the light heavyweight title at One Championship “Quest for Power.” Sang later avenged the loss and captured the championship with a unanimous decision at “Light of a Nation.”
5: Victories recorded in under one minute. Sang has a knack for finishing fights early, as evidenced by his stoppages of Martinez, Steve Lapear, Brandon Griffin, Erik Brettin and Shawn McCully.
22: Finishes among his 24 career wins. Sang has made effective use of his muay Thai and Lethwei background, having delivered 10 victories by knockout or technical knockout. He also has 12 submission wins to his credit, proving himself as a threat wherever the fight goes.
33: Years of age. Sang was born in Kachin, Myanmar, on May 21, 1985. He attended high school at Yangon International School and then moved to the United States to study agriculture science at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.