ONE middleweight and light heavyweight champion Aung La N Sang is set to defend his 185lbs title against Ken Hasegawa at their Spirit of A Warrior event next month.
The 33-year-old dual-weight champion is widely regarded as the country of Myanmar’s most successful athlete in history, whose extensive submission game has earned him the moniker of ”The Burmese Python”.
Sang shocked the world to capture the ONE Middleweight title when he secured a unanimous decision victory over former champion Vitaly Bigdash at the top Asian promotion’s ONE Light of a Nation event last June.
Fast forward to February 2018 when he would once again shock the world to the delight of his countrymen at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar after he defeated Brazil’s Alexandre Machado to be crowned the new ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion.
Now the Sang will defend his defend his middleweight title for the second time against Ken Hasegawa.
When talking about the fight, Aung La N Sang stated: “As champion, I am willing to take on all comers. It is an honour to represent the country of Myanmar on the biggest global stage of martial arts competition. I will do everything in my power to defend this title against the hungry lion that is Ken Hasegawa.”
31-year-old Ken Hasegawa of Kanagawa, Japan is a martial arts veteran set to make his ONE Championship debut. The middleweight contender has finished three 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 16-2-1, which includes four submissions and six scintillating knockouts, Hasegawa will step into the ONE Championship cage for the first time at next months event and will look to snatch the middleweight title from the grasp of Aung La N Sang.
ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR takes place on June at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar and can be watched for FREE via the ONE Championship app.