Aung La N Sang will defend his middleweight title next month at ONE: Pursuit of Greatness from the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
The promotion confirmed the bout between Sang and Mohammad Karaki for October 26.
“ONE Championship returns to Yangon this October with another blockbuster evening of world-class martial arts!,” Chatri Sityodtong, CEO and chairman of ONE, said. “Everytime we visit Yangon, it’s always a spectacle. Aung La N Sang is a two-division titleholder and an absolute phenom, beloved by his people for his immense skill in the martial arts arena, and his ability to unite everyone whenever he performs. He embodies the true values of martial arts and is a tremendous champion with a big heart. Aung La N Sang is in for another tough test, however, as Lebanon’s Mohammad Karaki is no doubt a worthy challenger to the middleweight throne. It’s going to be absolutely electric at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium once again!”
Sang is Myanmar’s most successful athlete in history, whose impressive submission skills has earned him the moniker of ”The Burmese Python”. Born in Myitkyina in the mountainous Kachin State, he belongs to an ethnic minority known as the Kachin.
He captured the ONE championship with a unanimous decision victory over Vitaly Bigdash in June of 2017. In February 2018, he defeated Brazil’s Alexandre Machado to be crowned the ONE light heavyweight champion.
Undefeated Lebanese mixed martial arts star Karaki is a 27-year-old middleweight with an unblemished professional record of 9-0. The Phoenix middleweight champion, Karaki is considered one of the greatest mixed martial artists from the middle east.
He also formerly held the Desert Force light heavyweight and middleweight titles. Of his nine victories, only one bout reached the final bell. With five submissions and three captivating knockouts to his name, Karaki is a feared finisher who is expected to bring the firepower when he meets Sang.
More bouts will be announced in the coming days by the promotion.