ONE Championship middleweight king “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang has his next fight booked — at openweight. Though not a defense of his newly won middleweight title, the Myanmar figher is making headlines anyway for agreeing to take on Muay Thai heavyweight world champion Alain Ngalani. ONE Championship announced the booking in a press release Monday. The pair will meet in the main event of ONE Championship: Hero’s Dream on November 3 in Yangon, Myanmar.
The middleweight champ is quoted in the release as saying that “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 that I am really excited to take on.”
Alain Ngalani (4-3) is coming off a victory at ONE Championship: Total Victory last month which saw him stop Japanese heavyweight Hideki Sekine by knockout in just eleven seconds. That set the record for fastest knockout in ONE Championship history. The Cameroonian, who fights out of Hong Kong, amassed a record including twenty-five wins (twenty-three of which came by KO/TKO) in kickboxing. He has fought all but one of his professional MMA bouts under the ONE Championship banner.
“The Panther” said in Monday’s press release that “to be part of history is part of my goals. 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.”
Aung La N Sang (20-10) captured middleweight gold in his rematch with Vitaly Bigdash back in June at ONE Championship: Light of a Nation. The fight against Ngalani will mark his return to action, though the title will obviously not be on the line.
ONE Championship: Hero’s Dream takes place November 3 at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.