YANGON, Myanmar—ONE Championship World Middleweight Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang will once again carry the hopes and dreams of an entire nation when he sees action at ONE: Hero’s Dream Thuwunna Indoor Stadium here on Friday.
N Sang battles heavyweight Alain Ngalani in a non-title open weight bout. Ngalani, N Sang’s most formidable opponent in his professional MMA career, is a Muay Thai and kickboxing heavyweight world champion.
Hundreds of fans filled every available space at the center atrium of Myanmar Plaza here in Yangon to watch N Sang hold an open workout yesterday, in the run up to his bout.
N Sang is a hero in Myanmar not just for being a fighter but also as role model as he exemplifies the importance of discipline and sacrifice.
“I’ve never been the most athletic or the most talented guy in the gym. But I’ve always been the hardest worker. With hard work you can achieve greatness. You can be a world champion,” said N Sang to his countrymen.
“Thank you for being here today. Thank you for coming to my fights. I am able to achieve this because of all of the support of you, my Burmese fans.”
Filipino MMA fighters Eugene Toquero, Jeremy Miado, Burn Soriano and Jomary Torres will also see action at ONE: Hero’s Dream.
Toquero takes on Ma Hao Bin of China. Miado battles Pongsiri Mitsatit of Thailand. Soriano tests the mettle of Chen Lei of China.
Torres, who scored a spectacular submission victory over Rica Ishige in her last fight, battles kickboxer Nita Dea of Indonesia.
N Sang demonstrated his striking and grappling skills in the open workout. To show that he was ready to face the heavyweight Ngalani, N Sang worked out against 6’1” 265-lb giant of a man Tafon Nchukwi.
A wide cross section of the population watched N Sang work out. Men and women of all ages took out their cellphone cameras or watched with rapt attention. Giggling teen-aged girls, who stood shoulder-to-shoulder beside young men dressed like Buddhist monks were equally captivated and braved the crowd to watch and hear Myanmar’s sporting hero.
The audience gasped at N Sang’s speed and power and cheered when took he down his workout opponents with leg sweeps or lunging takedowns during the open workout.
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