Setting his initial goal to be the ONE Middleweight World Champion, Aung La N Sang credited his last success to the love and support that he received from his fans.

Aung La N Sang and the ONE Middleweight World Champion belt. (Leo Jackson)

After his blinding achievement, the Burmese Python has set his eyes on the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship. For that belt, he will fight Brazil’s Alexandre Machado at the Thuwanna Indoor Stadium in Yangon on Friday, February 23.

“It is an honor for me to perform in front of my fans in Myanmar, and be able to make history and be in the position to capture a second world title in a different weight class is a massive achievement,” said the fighter.

“I relish the chance to compete for this title, and once again bring glory to the proud nation of Myanmar! I will do everything in my power to emerge victorious and honor the fans who have placed their trust and support in myself and the prestige of our country.”

Aung La said he traveled to Florida for a training camp to prepare for his opponent, who, he says, has many strengths.

Alexandre Machado and Sor Sey.

On Machado’s part, he has described this as “the biggest match of my life.”

“After years of experience, my career all comes down to this,” he said. “As such, I am training extremely hard for this bout, and I know how well-received Aung La N Sang is in his home country. He’s a hero and a remarkable human being and it is an honor to compete against him. He deserves the biggest challenge and I am prepared to give it to him. This will be a beautiful showcase of the highest level of martial arts.”

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