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13 things about Aung La N Sang, MMA fighter from Myanmar

Aung La N Sang (©ONE Championship)

Aung La N Sang (©ONE Championship)

Aung La N Sang is a Burmese professional mixed martial artist nicknamed The Burmese Python. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Myitkina, Kachin, Myanmar on May 21, 1985 to ethnic Kachin parents Nsang Tu Awng and Shadan Nang Bu.
  2. In 2003, he moved from Myanmar to the United States.
  3. In 2005, he made his professional MMA debut.
  4. He stands 6’1” and competes in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
  5. In 2007, he graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture science.
  6. In 2008, he lived in a small trailer park in Felda, Florida, USA and worked for Eisele’s Honey and Pollination, a company owned by Steve Eisele, as a migratory beekeeper. He made honey and pollinated almonds in California, USA, cranberries in Wisconsin, USA, blue berries in Michigan and orange in Florida.
  7. On September 7, 2014, he married Katherine Oliphant at the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland, USA.
  8. Oliphant gave birth to their son Aung De on May 2, 2015 and their daughter San Seng Grace N Sang on January 30, 2020.
  9. He received 10 million kyats ($7,700) cash prize and a certificate of honor from Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and officials from the Burmese army, navy and air force called Tatmadaw at the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar on February 24, 2018.
  10. On November 9, 2018, World Wide Fund for Nature, Myanmar appointed him as ambassador of Fighting Wildlife Crime.
  11. While reigning as the ONE Championship champion in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, he was honored by Myanmar with a bronze statue, which was officially unveiled at the Kachin National Manau Park in Myitkyina on December 16, 2018.
  12. He and Vietnamese-Australian MMA fighter Martin Nguyen are very close friends.
  13. He was tested for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) on June 29, 2020 and the result came back positive on July 2, 2020. He recovered soon and competed on October 30, 2020 at “ONE: Inside the Matrix” in Singapore, where he lost the ONE Middleweight World Championship belt to Reinier de Ridder of the Netherlands.

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