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Yangon, Myanmar [26 Aug]: Aung La N Sang, famous in Myanmar for bringing national pride when he claimed MMA’s One Championship World Heavy lightweight champion, is now back to winning again in the fight with Leandro Ataides.
It is such rebound win from the last two consecutive losses in the fight against Reiner de Ridder in Oct 2020 and April 2021 – losing his hard-earned title of World Light Heavyweight Champion to his opponent.
That two losses broke many hearts, and now those people find little joy amidst the political chaos in the country.
The fighting against Leandro Ataides only lasted 3:45 minutes at round one, unleashing a barrage of strikes to secure the stoppage.
Aung La was born in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar, and an ethnic Kachin national. He has his early education in an international school in Yangon before moving to the United States to study. He studied Agriculture Science at Andrews University in Michigan, where he was hooked on martial arts and trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other disciplines.
He was a naturalized American citizen, pursued his career at MMA, earned the nickname “The Burmese Python” while training in the United States, and built a reputation for his unique submission skills.
First debuted in 2005, Mr. Aung La has 27 wins and 12 defeats so far.
After the win at a fight with Leandro, the emotional reaction shows that Mr. Aung La is still eager to bounce back and reclaim the champion title. Whether a fight again with a reigning champion Riener de Ridder is possible soon is what many are interesting to see in his beloved country.