From training under a bridge in North Okkalapa to fighting for a title belt in front of thousands of fans, martial artist Phoe Thaw has rapidly ascended the ranks of Myanmar’s combat elite. The former lethwei fighter will face off tonight at ONE Championship’s State of Warriors event against five other local fighters in the country’s inaugural MMA featherweight championship.
You might have guessed that the mixed martial artist – who steps into the ring tonight at ONE Championship's State of Warriors can unleash a mean kick, but journalism is about facts. RJ Vogt took a kick from "the Burmese Python" to find out.
Before he steps into the cage tomorrow night at ONE Championship: State of Warriors, Aung La Nsang spent some time flexing his popularity with the community yesterday and delivered some inspirational words to a group of Yangon students.
When Aung La Nsang (18-9-0) enters the cage for his second-ever fight in Myanmar at ONE Championship's State of Warriors there will be a 6-foot-2-inch, angry Polish man waiting on the other side. Meet Michal Pasternak – the toughest fighter Aung La Nsang has faced to date.
In a surprise twist, Pyinmana town elders have rejected an offer by Nay Pyi Taw FC to hand Paung Laung Stadium back to the sports ministry. The elders insist that the local community should take over the stadium.
It’s their biggest stage yet for a long-simmering lethwei rivalry. ONE Championship’s State of Warriors will see Yangon’s Thuwunna Indoor Stadium host a world strawweight championship defence as well as the return of Aung La Nsang, making his sophomore appearance on October 7 to face Polish fighter Michal Pasternak.
As Yangon prepares to host the ONE Championship: State of Warriors on October 7 at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium, fighters such as hometown hero Aung La Nsang and Michal Pasternak are doing their own training sessions around the world.
Twenty years old and undefeated, Muin Gafurov looked poised to vault into the fighting world’s upper echelon over the last three years – until it all came crashing down after his first loss in April. Now, the ONE Championship bantamweight prospect out of Tajikistan looks to reverse course at ONE: State of Warriors on October 7 in Yangon’s Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.
Myanmar's National Team, during its preparation to host the Suzuki Cup in November, has been playing international friendlies in Europe this month to hone its form in advance of the big tournament. But surprising news came out of the tour yesterday, when the Myanmar Football Federation declared that the team was dismissing midfielder Thiha Zaw and star striker Kyaw Ko Ko.
Zeyar Shwe Myay
Nay Pyi Taw FC
United of Thanlyin