Aung La N Sang returns to defend one belt at ONE 75

Thursday, May 24, 2018

ONE Championship has just announced the main event for the upcoming card, ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR, which is set for 29 June at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. Reigning ONE middleweight and light heavyweight world champion ‘The Burmese Python’ Aung La N Sang of Myanmar will defend his middleweight title against Ken Hasegawa of Japan.

“Whenever Aung La N Sang steps foot on Myanmar soil, he is greeted by throngs of screaming fans,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO. “He truly is Myanmar’s biggest star, and is a great representative of the country’s strength and resolve. Our ONE middleweight and light heavyweight world champion is ready to face a tough new opponent in Japan’s Ken Hasegawa, and I am super excited for another action-packed evening in Yangon. ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR is shaping up to be one of the biggest nights in Myanmar’s martial arts history, and fans will not want to miss what goes down at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.”

33-year-old 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, with a legendary fighting status. Aung La N Sang captured the ONE mMiddleweight world championship with a unanimous decision victory over Vitaly Bigdash in June of 2017. In his most recent bout, he defeated Brazil’s Alexandre Machado to be crowned the new ONE light heavyweight world champion.

31-year-old Ken Hasegawa of Kanagawa, Japan is a martial arts veteran set to make his ONE Championship debut. The middleweight contender has finished three of his last five opponents, showcasing the undeniable submission skills and thunderous knockout power that he has become known for competing in Japanese martial arts promotions Deep and Rizin. With a professional record of 16-2-1, which includes four submissions and six scintillating knockouts, Hasegawa will step into the ONE Championship cage for the first time at ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR.

“It is always a pleasure and a privilege to share my skills and talents to everyone back home,” said Aung La N Sang. “As champion, I am willing to take on all comers. It is an honor to represent the country of Myanmar on the biggest global stage of martial arts competition. This world championship means a lot to me, to those who have been behind my career from the very beginning, to my family, and to my friends. I will do everything in my power to defend this title against the hungry lion that is Ken Hasegawa.”

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