With the victories of “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang in ONE Championship, the Burmese people revere him as their hero. He is even dubbed the Cristiano Ronaldo of Myanmar.
Both Aung and Ronaldo are 33 years old. The Portuguese footballer, who has four children, is currently dating Georgina Rodriguez while the Burmese mixed martial artist is happily married to Katherine Oliphant whom he shares a son with.
Aung proves that one can be successful in love and in career at the same time. On June 29, 2018, he drove his countrymen crazy yet again as he and Ken Hasegawa of Japan exhibited five rounds of an exhilarating MMA bout in the main event of “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior,” which took place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
Fight fans and combat sports critics consider it one of the best MMA matches that ever happened in Asia. ONE Championship agreed and rewarded Aung and Hasegawa with the ONE Warrior Bonus, which is $50,000 for each of them.
The ONE Warrior Bonus was introduced in 2014. The incentive is given to ONE Championship athletes who exhibit an extraordinary performance, like what Aung and Hasegawa showed the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium audience at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior.”
Reigning as the ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion, Aung defended his middleweight division title from Hasegawa. Their match was the 10th bout at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior,” which marked the ONE Championship debut of the Japanese challenger.
Olivier Coste served as the referee in the ONE Middleweight World Championship bout between Aung and Hasegawa. At 3:13 of round 5, the referee put a stop to the contest as the Japanese challenger was knocked out by the Burmese champ.
This is the second championship bout won by Aung in front of his countrymen in 2018. The first one was at “ONE: Quest for Gold,” which also took place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.
On February 23, 2018, Aung and Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado of Brazil competed for the inaugural ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion title. Already reigning as the ONE Middleweight World Champion, the Burmese contender captured the first belt in the light heavyweight division by knocking out his Brazilian opponent.
Watch Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson as they give a recap of “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” here: