Aung La Nsang (Burmese: အောင်လအန်ဆန်း; born on May 21, 1985) is a Burmese–American mixed martial artist of ethnic Kachin descent currently signed to ONE Championship, competing in both the Middleweight and Light heavyweight divisions. He is a former ONE Middleweight World Champion and ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion.
|Aung La Nsang|
|Born||Aung La Nsang|
May 21, 1985
Myitkyina, Kachin, Burma (nowadays Myanmar)
|Nickname(s)||The Burmese Python|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||211 lb (95.7 kg; 15.1 st)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Lethwei, Muay Thai, Kickboxing|
|Fighting out of||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Team||Crazy 88 MMA (2007–2018) |
Sanford MMA (2018–present)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
He is also one of the few Myanmar citizens with an international profile, given the country only began opening up to the outside world over the last decade. Aung La was the subject of unprecedented national attention in the lead-up to the fight with Russia's then-middleweight champion Vitaly Bigdash, with billboards across Yangon featuring massive portraits of the two fighters.
Being a national icon of Myanmar, his own bronze statue erected in 2018 at the Kachin National Manau Park in his hometown of Myitkyina. During the opening ceremony of the statue a huge crowd of thousands fans gathered.
Early life and educationEdit
Aung La was born in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar to Christian Kachin parents Nsang Tu Awng, a jewellery trader, and his wife Shadan Nang Bu. He is the third son of five siblings. He attended high school at International School Yangon. In 2004, 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.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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. Early in his career, Aung La fought for King of the Cage and Ring of Combat as well as other, smaller promotions. However, his career got off to a slow start, with Aung La 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.
He made his ONE Championship debut in June 2014 and has headlined multiple shows at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon since 2016. After signing with ONE in 2014, Aung La Nsang returned to his home country of Myanmar two years later at ONE Championship: Union of Warriors, winning his bout to become a national hero.
2017: ONE Middleweight ChampionEdit
On June 30, 2017, he became Myanmar's first ever world champion in any mainstream sport, beating Vitaly Bigdash at ONE Championship: Light of a Nation to win the ONE Middleweight World Championship.
2018: Title defenses & ONE Light Heavyweight ChampionEdit
On February 23, 2018, he stopped Alexandre Machado at ONE Championship: Quest for Gold in Yangon to win the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship to become only the second fighter, after Martin Nguyen, to win ONE Championship titles in two divisions.
On June 29, 2018, Aung La Nsang defended the ONE Middleweight title for the first time against Ken Hasegawa at ONE Championship: Spirit of a Warrior in Yangon in what is now considered one of the greatest title fights in ONE Championship history. He defeated Hasegawa by TKO in the fifth round to retain the title.
2019: Title defensesEdit
After his title defense against Hasegawa, Aung La signed a new ten-fight contract with ONE Championship.
Aung La made his first defense of the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship against Brandon Vera at ONE Championship: Century on October 13, 2019. During the match, Aung La connected on a spinning back elbow that sent Vera stumbling and followed it through with punches. Aung La defeated Vera by technical knockout in the second round and successfully defended the ONE Light Heavyweight title.
2020: Losing the Middleweight ChampionshipEdit
Aung La Nsang was next expected to defend his ONE Middleweight World Championship against Reinier de Ridder , event and date to be determined. However, de Ridder was later pulled from the bout. Aung La will now face former middleweight champion Vitaly Bigdash for a third time at ONE Infinity 1 on April 10, 2020. However, their title fight has was canceled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports.
On September 9, 2020, it was revealed that Aung La would be defending his ONE Middleweight World Championship against Reinier de Ridder once again at ONE Championship: Inside the Matrix on October 30, 2020. On October 30, 2020, Aung La lost to de Ridder by submission in the first round, ending his reign as ONE Middleweight World Champion.
2021: Losing the Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit
Aung La was expected to defend the ONE Light Heavyweight Championship against Vitaly Bigdash in a trilogy bout at ONE on TNT 4 on April 28, 2021. After Vitaly Bigdash tested positive for COVID-19, Reinier de Ridder took his place. He lost the fight and the belt by unanimous decision.
Honored by TatmadawEdit
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.
On February 24, 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.
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"  and Global Citizen, as well as other causes in his native Kachin state.
Aung La is a passionate advocate for Myanmar's wildlife and he has been a big supporter of Voices for momos, a campaign against illegal wildlife trade, since its launch in November 2017.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|40 matches||27 wins||12 losses|
|Win||27–12 (1)||Leandro Ataides||KO (punches)||ONE Championship: Battleground||July 30, 2021||1||3:45||Kallang, Singapore||Catchweight (95.8 kg) bout.|
|Loss||26–12 (1)||Reinier De Ridder||Decision (unanimous)||ONE on TNT 4||April 28, 2021||5||5:00||Kallang, Singapore||Lost the ONE Light Heavyweight Championship (225 lb)|
|Loss||26–11 (1)||Reinier De Ridder||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ONE Championship: Inside the Matrix||October 30, 2020||1||3:26||Kallang, Singapore||Lost the ONE Middleweight Championship (205 lb).|
|Win||26–10 (1)||Brandon Vera||TKO (punches)||ONE Championship: Century Part 2||October 13, 2019||2||3:23||Tokyo, Japan||Defended the ONE Light Heavyweight Championship (225 lb).|
|Win||25–10 (1)||Ken Hasegawa||TKO (punches)||ONE Championship: A New Era||March 31, 2019||2||4:41||Tokyo, Japan||Defended the ONE Middleweight Championship (205 lb).|
|Win||24–10 (1)||Mohammad Karaki||TKO (punches)||ONE Championship: Pursuit of Greatness||October 26, 2018||1||2:21||Yangon, Myanmar||Defended the ONE Middleweight Championship (205 lb).|
|Win||23–10 (1)||Ken Hasegawa||KO (punch)||ONE Championship: Spirit of a Warrior||June 29, 2018||5||3:13||Yangon, Myanmar||Defended the ONE Middleweight Championship (205 lb).|
|Win||22–10 (1)||Alexandre Machado||TKO (head kick and punches)||ONE Championship: Quest for Gold||February 23, 2018||1||0:56||Yangon, Myanmar||Won the ONE Light Heavyweight Championship (220 lb).|
|Win||21–10 (1)||Alain Ngalani||Submission (guillotine choke)||ONE Championship: Hero's Dream||November 3, 2017||1||4:31||Yangon, Myanmar||Openweight bout.|
|Win||20–10 (1)||Vitaly Bigdash||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship: 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 Championship: 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 Championship: State of Warriors||October 7, 2016||3||5:00||Yangon, Myanmar|
|Win||18–9 (1)||Aleksei Butorin||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||ONE Championship: Dynasty of Champions 6||July 2, 2016||2||1:57||Hefei, China|
|Win||17–9 (1)||Mohamed Ali||Submission (guillotine choke)||ONE Championship: 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|
|Loss||15–9 (1)||Jonavin Webb||TKO (knee)||CFFC 28: Brenneman vs. Baker||August 26, 2013||1||2:41||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||15–8 (1)||Shedrick Goodridge||Submission (guillotine choke)||CFFC 26: Sullivan vs. Martinez||August 17, 2013||2||1:44||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|NC||14–8 (1)||Kyle Baker||No Contest||CFFC 23: La Nsang vs. Baker||April 13, 2013||1||0:24||King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||14–8||Jason Louck||KO (punch)||CFFC 17: Nsang vs. Louck||October 13, 2012||1||2:30||Dover, Delaware, United States|
|Win||13–8||Jesus Martinez||TKO (punches)||Bellator 68||May 11, 2012||1||0:36||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (175 lb) bout.|
|Loss||12–8||Sam Oropeza||Submission (guillotine choke)||Matrix Fights 5||March 26, 2012||2||0:56||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||12–7||Drew Puzon||Decision (unanimous)||ROC 38: Ring of Combat 38||November 18, 2011||3||4:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||12–6||Casey Manrique||TKO (punches)||ROC 37: Ring of Combat 37||September 9, 2011||2||1:03||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||11–6||Uriah Hall||KO (punch)||ROC 35: Ring of Combat 35||August 8, 2011||3||1:37||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–5||Mitch Whitesel||Submission (guillotine choke)||ROC 34: Ring of Combat 34||February 24, 2011||1||3:09||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Middleweight debut.|
|Loss||10–5||Costas Philippou||TKO (punches)||ROC 33: Ring of Combat 33||December 3, 2010||1||0:11||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (188 lb) bout.|
|Win||10–4||Chris Price||Submission (guillotine choke)||C3: Furious||May 9, 2009||1||1:37||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9–4||Steve Evan Dau||Submission (armbar)||C3: Domination||November 22, 2008||2||1:47||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||8–4||Josh Mix||Submission (armbar)||MFL: Michiana Fight League||August 8, 2008||1||1:03||Plymouth, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||7–4||James Lee||Submission (heel hook)||KOTC: Explosion||June 15, 2007||1||3:51||Mount Pleasant, 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||South Bend, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Jim Martens||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Mass Destruction||January 26, 2007||2||5:00||Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States|
|Win||5–1||Brandon Griffin||Submission (armbar)||KOTC: Meltdown||October 7, 2006||1||0:52||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–1||Jason Law||Submission||UFL 2 - United Fight League 2||August 25, 2006||1||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||3–1||Steve Lapear||KO (Punches)||Heartland - Ground n Pound||June 7, 2006||1||0:40||South Bend, Indiana, United States|
|Win||2–1||Noel Gomez||Submission (armbar)||UT: Ultimate Throwdown||May 13, 2006||1||2:25||Mishawaka, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–1||Halton Flowers||KO||CF: Champions Factory||March 11, 2006||1||0:00||South Bend, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Emerson Rushing||TKO (doctor stoppage)||TFC 3: Total Fight Challenge 3||March 25, 2005||1||2:24||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Light Heavyweight debut.|
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- Aung La Nsang profile at ONE Championship
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