The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced additional bouts for ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR, which is set for 29 June at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. In the main event, reigning two-division world champion, Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang of Myanmar, will defend his ONE Middleweight World Championship against Ken Hasegawa of Japan.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I can’t wait to go back to Myanmar for a star-studded event in Yangon. In anticipation of the extreme passion that Myanmar fans demonstrate, we have prepared the best card that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark in martial arts history. Their hero, Aung La N Sang, will face a talented and tough challenger from Japan, Ken Hasegawa, in the main event. Aside from the thrilling headliner, we have included the biggest names from the world of martial arts in the lineup. Whether you are in Myanmar or in any part of the world, this will be an event that you can’t afford to miss.”
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. Aung La N Sang captured the ONE Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Vitaly Bigdash in June 2017. In his most recent bout, he defeated Brazil’s Alexandre Machado to be crowned the new ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion. Next up, Aung La N Sang will defend his middleweight title against Ken Hasegawa.
Aung La N Sang the national sports hero of Myanmar
31-year-old Ken Hasegawa of Kanagawa, Japan is a martial arts veteran set to make his ONE Championship debut. The middleweight contender has stopped four 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, 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. He is set to challenge Aung La N Sang for the ONE Middleweight World Championship.