Amid homecrowd support that ONE Championship staff member described as unprecedented, Aung La Nsang, the "Burmese Python", immediately dedicated his headlining triumph as a victory to be shared with the people of Myanmar.
Sleeves rolled up, I am preparing to meet an attack from a professional lethwei star, one already familiar with the raucous crowds of Myanmar’s brutal bare-knuckle, head-butting combat sport, all of whom are cheering his fight name Thura Sin, “Brave Elephant”.
One lucky miscued strike from Bengaluru captain Sunil Chhetri has left Ayeyawady United’s chances of progressing beyond the group stages of this year’s AFC Cup forlorn, or so coach Kyaw Lwin believes.
Back in January when Aung La Nsang returned to his homeland for the first time in nearly 13 years he was at told at Yangon International Airport that his luggage had been misplaced. That is the only thing the mixed martial arts fighter known as the “Burmese Python” intends to lose in Myanmar.
While the nation is primed for the return to the ring of Myanmar's own Aung La Nsang, there are quite a few other fighters preparing to make their names known at Thuwanna Stadium this weekend. Meet some of the other fighters – formidable and up-and-coming stars – to keep an eye on at One Championship's Union of Warriors.
Zeyar Shwe Myay
Nay Pyi Taw FC
United of Thanlyin