One of ONE Championship’s biggest stars has tested positive for COVID-19: double-champ Aung La N Sang. The dual-weight champion announced the news Thursday.
Holding gold at both middleweight and heavyweight under the promotion’s modified weight class system, “The Burmese Python” is among ONE’s biggest success stories. A bonafide star in his native Myanmar, the 35-year old is the winner of seven straight. The includes wins over the likes of Vitaly Bigdash, Alain Ngalani, and Brandon Vera.
N Sang (26-10, 1NC) has successfully defended both his titles while holding each simultaneously, a feat few double champions in any promotion have managed. Recently, Amanda Nunes joined that club in the UFC.
In announcing his positive test, Aung La N Sang noted that he had been displaying symptoms, including a slight fever, congestion, body ache, and fatigue. He and his family will spend the next two weeks in quarantine.
The fighter, who trains at Hard Knocks 365 in Florida, is not the first professional fighter to announce a positive COVID-19 test. Bellator and former UFC star Erick Silva has, as has current UFC fighter Lyman Good. Good, who recovered fully from the disease, returned to action last month, dropping a decision against Belal Muhammad.
Aung La N Sang last fought in October 2019, when he defeated Vera to retain ONE’s light heavyweight title. He had been expected to compete at ONE’s Infinity Series 1 card, an event that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.