Kachin Cage Fighter Bests Egyptian Opponent in First Round

By Saw Yan Naing 16 June 2014

The Kachin cage fighter Aung La N Sang defeated his Egyptian opponent Mahmoud “Iron Man” Salama in a mixed martial arts bout on Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 29-year-old ethnic Kachin fighter, also known as the “Burmese Python,” punched out his opponent in 67 seconds during the first round of the middleweight mixed martial arts ONE Fighting Championship in the Indonesian capital.

“I am going to thank God first,” Aung La N Sang said after his lightning-quick victory. “Without him, this would not be possible. Thank you so much for coming and watching us.”

Asked about the fight, Aung La N Sang said, “I was surprise that he took me down, but somehow we ended up on the ground. I tried to sweep and he reversed me. … I heard from my corner, [someone] yelling ‘butterfly sweep,’ and that is one of my moves. And when I got to the mat, I got heavy hands.”

Born in Myitkyina, the capital of northern Burma’s Kachin State, Aung La N Sang is an MMA fighter who now calls the US state of Maryland his home. He moved to the United States with his family when he was teenager.

The 6’1” fighter also posted on his Facebook page after the victory: “Got the win this Saturday night, God is good in our victory and in our defeats. I am on my plane back to good old Maryland, back to training.”

“Lots of things to work on, lots of improvements to make, but I know my team will get me to my goal! Thank you all for all the love and support and I will be back stronger,” he posted.