The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the first set of bouts confirmed for ONE: QUEST FOR GOLD, which is set to take place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on 23 February. In the main event, ONE Middleweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar will compete against Alexandre Machado of Brazil for the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship. In the co-main event of the evening, Singapore’s Amir Khan will face Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin.
Ticket information for ONE: QUEST FOR GOLD is available at www.onefc.com.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “Home of ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La N Sang, Yangon is the epicenter of authentic martial arts action in Myanmar. The last time ONE Championship rocked the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium, ‘The Burmese Python’ blew the roof off the arena with a thrilling performance. Now, he’s set to face off against Brazil’s Alexandre Machado in front of his hometown crowd once again, this time for the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship. It’s going to be another memorable night of action for fans in Yangon and from all over the world. Get ready for some major fireworks!”
32-year-old Aung La N 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. Aung La N Sang captured the ONE Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Vitaly Bigdash in June of 2017. In his most recent bout, Aung La N Sang needed less than one round to finish heavyweight kickboxing champion Alain Ngalani in ONE’s first ever Open Weight Super-Bout. He faces off against Alexandre Machado next for the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship.
Brazilian heavyweight champion Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado is a rare breed of martial artist with a penchant for scoring spectacular submissions and highlight-reel knockouts. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, he currently sports a 8-2 professional record, and will be making his much-anticipated return to the ONE Championship cage. In his last bout, Machado defeated the hulkish Alain Ngalani via second-round technical knockout. After a period away from competition, Machado is back and ready to challenge Aung La N Sang for the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship.