On November 3 at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium, Yangon, ONE Championship’s middleweight champion Aung La N Sang will take on Muay Thai heavyweight world champion Alain ‘The Panther’ Ngalani in an open-weight contest with no belt on the line.
The intriguing matchup headlines ONE: Hero’s Dream and is scheduled for five rounds.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, said: “For the first-ever ‘David vs Goliath’ super bout in ONE Championship history, I am thrilled to announce that ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La N Sang will face Muay Thai heavyweight world champion Alain Ngalani in a five-round open weight contest. It’s going to be another memorable night of action for fans in Yangon and from all over the world. Get ready for some major fireworks!”
Thirty-two-year-old Aung La N Sang is known as ‘The Burmese Python’ and is Myanmar’s most successful athlete in history. (Born in Myitkyina in the mountainous Kachin State, he belongs to an ethnic minority known as the Kachin.) In his most recent outing, Aung La N Sang stunned former champion Vitaly Bigdash of Russia in a highly-anticipated rematch to be crowned the new ONE middleweight world champion.
“I am thrilled to be back in the cage this November,” he said. “As world champion, I will always be proud to represent my home country, and I gladly accept the responsibility of inspiring my countrymen. I am truly blessed to be in the position that I am, and I promise to give my best performance yet. Alain Ngalani will be the biggest opponent I have ever competed against, and it is a challenge I am really excited to take on.”
Heavyweight knockout artist Alain “The Panther” Ngalani, who trains out of Impakt MMA in Hong Kong but is originally from Cameroon, is a terrifying combination of power and speed, and is always looking to end matches early. Owning a 25-7-1 (2 NC) kickboxing record, which includes 23 knockouts, Ngalani is a heavyweight world champion in Muay Thai and kickboxing and was last seen knocking out former ONE heavyweight world title challenger Hideki Sekine inside eleven seconds.
“As a martial artist, we continuously strive to reach the top,” he said. “Everyone craves success in many forms and for me to be part of history is part of my goal. This is a historic matchup that will be talked about for years. I vow to do everything in my power to get the victory, give the fans an exciting show, and go down in the record books as winner of this historic bout. Together with Aung La N Sang, we will put on a thrilling contest.”