After a stellar 2017 campaign, “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang looks to wrap his hands around another ONE Championship title in Yangon, Myanmar, this weekend.
“The Burmese Python” will be competing against Alexandre Machado for the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship at ONE: Quest for Gold. Aung La N Sang will likely be giving up a weight advantage to his opponent for the second consecutive contest after he last competed against heavyweight Alain Ngalani in an Open-Weight Super Match in November 2017.
Claiming the title
Aung La N Sang’s efforts in 2017 were truly outstanding.
His year began with a short-notice call to replace the injured Marcin Prachnio in a ONE Middleweight World Championship matchup with Vitaly Bigdash. “The Burmese Python” accepted the challenge and lasted the entire five rounds with the champion, but was ultimately defeated by unanimous decision.
For his competitiveness, however, ONE Championship awarded “The Burmese Python” another shot at Bigdash; but this time, it was in front of Aung La N Sang’s fans in Yangon, Myanmar.
In an incredible showing, Aung La N Sang defeated Bigdash to claim the ONE Middleweight World Championship. His persistence inspired fans from all over the country, but they had only just witnessed the beginning of a tremendous year for “The Burmese Python.”
Battling Vitaly Bigdash is one thing, but stepping inside the cage with the gargantuan Alain Ngalani is a task on an entirely different level.
Aung La N Sang accepted a bout with Ngalani that would have no weight restrictions and would need to be on his A-game if he hoped to overcome the challenge of a much heavier opponent.
“The Burmese Python” hung in there with the tremendous strength and size of his opponent before eventually fatiguing Ngalani and mounting a victory by way of a guillotine choke.
His impressive performance resulted in an unforgettable series of post-fight moments in Yangon. The crowd rose to their feet and were deafening in their support of their local hero.
An even bigger task
Similar to how Martin Nguyen continually aims higher and higher as a martial artist, Aung La N Sang has set the bar even higher this time around as he gets set to challenge for his second title.
He’ll be competing against Brazilian heavyweight Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado, who has also bested Alain Ngalani in his last outing. ONE: Quest for Gold will mark Machado’s return to the cage for the first time since August 2016. Machado is incredibly dangerous on the mat and will certainly provide a difficult challenge for “The Burmese Python.”
Aung La N Sang vs. Alexandre Machado is the scheduled main event bout for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship this Friday, February 23, at ONE: Quest for Gold in Yangon, Myanmar.
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