MMA: Myanmar champ wants to inspire countrymen after winning ONE title


Aung La Nsang pummels Vitaly Bigdash. Courtesy of ONE Championship

Just like what Eduard Folayang did for the Philippines, Aung La Nsang hopes to inspire his own nation after becoming Myanmar’s first MMA champion.

“The Burmese Python” crowned himself as the new ONE middleweight champion by toppling erstwhile unbeaten Russian Vitaly Bigdash in the main event of ONE: Light of a Nation in Yangon on Friday night.

The victory took place 5 months after Nsang lost to the same fighter in Jakarta.

“I wanted to give them, and to give this country, a world champion. I have lost before but I never give up,” Nsang said in a report posted on the South China Morning Post

In the first round, Nsang staggered Bigdash with a blistering combination that had the Russian reeling against the cage. Bigdash, in a display of incredible toughness, survived the round. 

It was a close contest the rest of the way but, in the end, all three judges scored in favor of Aung La who took home a hard-earned unanimous decision victory.

“I felt confident and comfortable. I hope to be an inspiration to the people of Myanmar. This is for them,” Nsang said.

The fight was a complete opposite of what happened during their first meeting in January when Nsang was called up on just 10 days’ notice.

Due to a lack of preparation, Nsang looked vulnerable at the time.

He took a vicious head kick in the third round but fought gallantly until the final bell before losing to the Russian by unanimous decision.

In the undercard, Filipino featherweight Jimmy Yabo absorbed a stinging loss after succumbing to Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Bruno Pucci.

As soon as the bout began, Pucci wasted no time looking for the takedown, which he got on the first attempt.

From there he punished Yabo with a volley of strikes from full mount, leading to his technical knockout win.

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