This day in ONE Championship history transpired at Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on June 30th, 2017.
ONE: Light of a Nation took place and the titular messaging is apropos. This considering a hero of the Myanmar people main evented.
This day in ONE Championship history
Aung La N Sang and Vitaly Bigdash had their sequel affair, of an eventual three-fight series as this writing, with the ONE middleweight world title on the line.
N Sang had fallen short in his initial title bid versus Bigdash and was looking to even up the series with the tremendous partisan support of the crowd galvanizing his efforts.
His countrymen fervently cheered The Burmese Python in his pursuit of world championship glory. This after falling to Bigdash earlier in the year via unanimous decision.
Vitaly Bigdash aimed to maintain his hold on the gold against a challenger with a big home-field advantage.
Aung La N Sang dropped Bigdash to the canvas with punches in the first frame. The fluid chaining of wrestling and striking was more of a prominent aspect for Bigdash in the second and third stanzas.
The championship rounds saw N Sang dig down deep and push a good pace with hooks and uppercuts that pierced through Bigdash’s guard well.
A gutsy display of pugilistic will that ultimately garnered N Sang the ONE middleweight world title to the adoration of the fans in attendance.
ONE: Light of a Nation co-main event
The co-main event featured a tournament title match. One comprised of winners from the first and third bouts meeting later on in the same night.
Saw Min Min won via first-round KO/ KTO via punches over Kyar Ba Hein. Meanwhile, Shwe Kyaung Thar bested Ye Yint Thway to advance to the finals.
Saw Min Min began the night as a debutant mixed martial artist and exited the Circle 2-0 and with a tournament title to boot. Finally, Min won via first-round guillotine choke over Thar in the co-feature clash.
The man from Thaton, in Myanmar’s southern Mon state, captured the ONE Myanmar Flyweight Tournament Championship. Min put together a pair of stellar first-round finishes for his countrymen’s enjoyment.
Remaining ONE: Light of a Nation results
Mei Yamaguchi submitted Jenny Huang via rear-naked choke four minutes into the second round
Bruno Pucci halted Jimmy Yabo via KO/TKO from punches a bit over two minutes into Round 1
Tha Pyay Nyo blasted Htet Aung Oo at 0:16 in Round 1 with a KO punch
Kevin Chung stopped Qingya Zhong via KO/TKO, Knees in Round 2
Ye Thway Ne defeats Pat Kyaw Lin Naing via unanimous decision