Aung La N Sang is a Burmese professional mixed martial artist nicknamed The Burmese Python. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born in Myitkina, Kachin, Myanmar on May 21, 1985 to ethnic Kachin parents Nsang Tu Awng and Shadan Nang Bu.
- In 2003, he moved from Myanmar to the United States.
- In 2005, he made his professional MMA debut.
- He stands 6’1” and competes in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
- In 2007, he graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture science.
- 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.
- On September 7, 2014, he married Katherine Oliphant at the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland, USA.
- Oliphant gave birth to their son Aung De on May 2, 2015 and their daughter San Seng Grace N Sang on January 30, 2020.
- 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.
- On November 9, 2018, World Wide Fund for Nature, Myanmar appointed him as ambassador of Fighting Wildlife Crime.
- 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.
- He and Vietnamese-Australian MMA fighter Martin Nguyen are very close friends.
- 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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