Aung La Nsang

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Aung La N Sang
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BornAung La Nsang
(1985-05-21) May 21, 1985 (age 33)
Myitkyina, Kachin, Myanmar
Nickname(s)Burmese Python[1]
NationalityAmerican[2]
EthnicityKachin
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (83.9 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionMiddleweight
Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Lethwei, Muay Thai
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
TeamHard Knocks 365
Years active2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total35
Wins24
By knockout10
By submission12
By decision2
Losses10
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision4
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Aung La Nsang (Burmese: အောင်လအန်ဆန်း; born on 21 May 1985), nicknamed "Burmese Python" is a Burmese-born mixed martial artist of ethnic Kachin descent. He made his MMA debut in 2005 and would go on to become a major star in his native Myanmar after signing with ONE Championship and winning two titles with the promotion.[3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Aung La was born in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar to ethnic Kachin parent Insang Tuu Aung, a jewelry trader, and his wife Shadan Nanbu. He is the fourth son of five siblings. He attended high school at International School Yangon. In 2003 he moved to the United States to study Agriculture Science at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He graduated in 2007 and worked as a migratory beekeeper while keeping up his MMA training.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Aung La made his professional debut in 2005, and soon built a reputation for his outstanding submission skills, earning himself the nickname of “The Burmese Python". During his early career La Nsang fought for King of the Cage and Ring of Combat as well as other, smaller promotions. He made his ONE Championship debut in June, 2014 and has headlined multiple shows at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon. After signing for ONE Championship in 2014, Aung La Nsang returned to his home country Myanmar two years later at ONE: UNION OF WARRIORS, winning his bout to become a national hero.[7]

In 2017 he became Myanmar's first ever world champion in any mainstream sport, beating Vitaly Bigdash to win the ONE Championship middleweight title.[8] Later that year he met with State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss the issues in the Kachin State.[9]

However his career got off to a slow start, with La Nsang losing his first fight. At the age of 27 he became a social media sensation when footage of him knocking out Jason Louck at CFFC 17 went viral in the Kachin State. After the fight he posed with a Kachin flag.[10]

On 18 March 2016, he fought in Yangon for the first time, beating Mohamed Ali by submission.[11][12]

On 30 June 2017, he beat Vitaly Bigdash by decision in Yangon to win the ONE Championship middleweight title.[13]

On 23 February 2018, he stopped Alexandre Machado in Yangon to become only the second fighter, after Martin Nguyen, to win ONE Championship titles in two divisions.[14]

On 26 October 2018, he beat Mohammad Karaki by TKO (punches) in Yangon to win and retains the ONE Championship middleweight title.[15]

On 31 March 2019, he defended his title against Ken Hasegawa, retaining his middleweight title via technical knockout.[16]

Honored by Tatmadaw[edit]

In July 2018, Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing issued an official statement of congratulations, claiming the ethnic Kachin fighter embodies the indomitable spirit of Myanmar, the pride of the nation. Aung La was invited to the Ministry of Defence and presented with a cash award as a token of appreciation and recognition by representatives of all three branches of the Myanmar armed forces.[17]

On 24 February 2018, Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing and Tatmadaw (army, navy, air force) officials honored to Aung La Nsang. On behalf of the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief, Yangon Command Commander Maj-Gen Thet Pone presented Aung La Nsang with a Myanmar Ks 10 million cash prize, as well as a certificate of honor sent by the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief, at an event held at the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon.[18]

Advocate for Myanmar's wildlife[edit]

Aung La is a passionate advocate for Myanmar's wildlife and he has been a big supporter of Voices for momos, our campaign against illegal wildlife trade, since its launch in November 2017.

On 9 November 2018, Aung La was appointed as ambassador of Fighting Wildlife Crime by World Wide Fund for Nature, Myanmar.[19]

Charity Work[edit]

Since becoming a superstar in his native land via his ONE Championship success, Aung La has committed himself to several charity projects, using his reach and fame to try and help the people of Myanmar. In particular, he has given his backing to educational charities such as "Street School Initiative" [20] and Global Citizen, as well as other causes in his native Kachin state.[21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 25–10 (1) Ken Hasegawa TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Heart of the Lion March 31, 2019 2 4:41 Tokyo, Japan Defended the ONE Middleweight Championship.
Win 24–10 (1) Mohammad Karaki TKO (punches) ONE FC: Pursuit of Greatness Oct 26, 2018 1 2:21 Yangon, Myanmar Defended the ONE Middleweight Championship.
Win 23–10 (1) Ken Hasegawa TKO (punches) ONE FC: Spirit of a Warrior Jun 29, 2018 5 3:13 Yangon, Myanmar Defended the ONE Middleweight Championship.
Win 22–10 (1) Alexandre Machado TKO (head kick and punches) ONE FC: Quest for Gold February 23, 2018 1 1:24 Yangon, Myanmar Won the ONE Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 21–10 (1) Alain Ngalani Submission (guillotine choke) ONE FC: Hero's Dream Nov 3, 2017 1 4:31 Yangon, Myanmar
Win 20–10 (1) Vitaly Bigdash Decision (unanimous) ONE FC: Light of a Nation June 30, 2017 5 5:00 Yangon, Myanmar Won the ONE Middleweight Championship.
Loss 19–10 (1) Vitaly Bigdash Decision (unanimous) ONE FC: Quest for Power January 14, 2017 5 5:00 Jakarta, Indonesia For the ONE Middleweight Championship.
Win 19–9 (1) Michal Pasternak Decision (unanimous) ONE FC: State of Warriors October 7, 2016 3 5:00 Yangon, Myanmar
Win 18–9 (1) Aleksei Butorin Submission (arm-triangle choke) ONE FC: Dynasty of Champions 6 July 2, 2016 2 1:57 Hefei, China
Win 17–9 (1) Mohamed Ali Submission (guillotine choke) ONE FC: Union of Warriors March 18, 2016 1 2:38 Yangon, Myanmar
Win 16–9 (1) Mahmoud Salama KO (punches) ONE FC: Era of Champions June 14, 2014 1 1:07 Jakarta, Indonesia
Lose 15–9 (1) Jonavin Webb TKO (knee) CFFC 28: Brenneman vs. Baker August 26, 2013 1 2:41 Atlantic City, United States
Win 15–8 (1) Shedrick Goodridge Submission (guillotine choke) CFFC 26: Sullivan vs. Martinez Aug 17, 2013 2 1:44 Atlantic City, United States
NC 14–8 (1) Kyle Baker No Contest CFFC 23: La Nsang vs. Baker Apr 13, 2013 1 0:24 Pennsylvania, United States
Win 14–8 Jason Louck KO (punch) CFFC 17: Nsang vs. Louck Oct 13, 2012 1 2:30 Delaware, United States
Win 13–8 Jesus Martinez TKO (punches) Bellator Fighting Championships 68 May 11, 2012 1 0:36 Atlantic City, United States
Loss 12–8 Sam Oropeza Submission (guillotine choke) Matrix Fights 5 March 26, 2012 2 0:56 Philadelphia, United States
Loss 12–7 Drew Puzon Decision (unanimous) ROC 38: Ring of Combat 38 Nov 18, 2011 3 4:00 Atlantic City, United States
Win 12–6 Casey Manrique TKO (punches) ROC 37: Ring of Combat 37 Sep 9, 2011 2 1:03 Atlantic City, United States
Loss 11–6 Uriah Hall KO (punch) ROC 35: Ring of Combat 35 August 8, 2011 3 1:37 Atlantic City, United States
Win 11–5 Mitch Whitesel Submission (guillotine choke) ROC 34: Ring of Combat 34 Feb 24, 2011 1 3:09 Atlantic City, United States
Loss 10–5 Costas Philippou TKO (punches) ROC 33: Ring of Combat 33 Dec 3, 2010 1 0:11 New Jersey, United States
Win 10–4 Chris Price Submission (guillotine choke) C3: Furious May 9, 2009 1 1:37 Indiana, United States
Win 9–4 Steve Evan Dau Submission (armbar) C3: Domination Nov 22, 2008 2 1:47 Indiana, United States
Win 8–4 Josh Mix Submission (armbar) MFL: Michiana Fight League August 8, 2008 1 1:03 Indiana, United States
Loss 7–4 James Lee Submission (heel hook) KOTC: Explosion June 15, 2007 1 3:51 Michigan, United States
Win 7–3 Shawn McCully Submission (armbar) CFC 1: Cage Fighting Championships 1 March 31, 2007 1 0:59 United States
Loss 6–3 Julio Paulino Decision (unanimous) CFC 1: Cage Fighting Championships 1 March 31, 2007 3 5:00 United States
Win 6–2 Erik Brettin KO Heartland: Ground n Pound February 23, 2007 1 0:18 Indiana, United States
Loss 5–2 Jim Martens Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Mass Destruction January 26, 2007 2 5:00 Michigan, United States
Win 5–1 Brandon Griffin Submission (Armbar) KOTC - Meltdown October 7, 2006 1 0:52 Indiana, United States
Win 4–1 Jason Law Submission UFL 2 - United Fight League 2 August 25, 2006 1 Indiana, United States
Win 3–1 Steve Lapear KO (Punches) Heartland - Ground n Pound June 7, 2006 1 0:40 Indiana, United States
Win 2–1 Noel Gomez Submission (armbar) UT: Ultimate Throwdown May 13, 2006 1 2:25 Indiana, United States
Win 1–1 Halton Flowers KO CF: Champions Factory March 11, 2006 1 0:00 Indiana, United States
Loss 0–1 Emerson Rushing TKO (doctor stoppage) TFC 3: Total Fight Challenge 3 Mar 25, 2005 1 2:24 Indiana, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aung La N Sang Profile". Sherdog. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Aung La Nsang profile at ONE Championship
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  5. ^ "ONE Championship Two-Division Champion Aung La N Sang To Defend Middleweight Title In June". Forbes.com. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  6. ^ "Asian-American Fighters Return to Ancestral Homelands, and Find Fans Waiting". New York Times. 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
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  19. ^ "ကမ္ဘာ့ချန်ပီယံ အောင်လအား တောရိုင်းတိရစ္ဆာန်ဆိုင်ရာ ရာဇဝတ်မှုများ တိုက်ဖျက်မှုဆိုင်ရာသံတမန်အဖြစ် ခန့်အပ်" (in Burmese). Eleven Media Group. 11 November 2018.
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  21. ^ "Aung La N Sang Was Overwhelmed Upon Returning To His Hometown In Myanmar - Fight News Asia". Fight News Asia. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2018-12-03.