For the first time, ONE Championship will feature an “open weight” fight, reminiscent of the early days of mixed martial arts.
The promotion will pit ONE middleweight champion Aung La N Sang of Myanmar against heavyweight striker Alain Ngalani of Cameroon on November 3 at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Myanmar.
ONE founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong described the fight as a “David versus Goliath” match.
“I am thrilled to announce that ONE middleweight world champion Aung La N Sang will face muay thai heavyweight world champion Alain Ngalani in a five-round open weight contest,” Sityodtong said.
The bout will be a throwback to the old MMA days when there were no weight classes. N Sang typically fights at 185 pounds, while Ngalani fights at 227.
“As world champion, I will always be proud to represent my home country, and I gladly accept the responsibility of inspiring my countrymen with my time inside the cage . . . Alain Ngalani will be the biggest opponent I have ever competed against, and it is a challenge that I am really excited to take on,” said N Sang, Myanmar’s most successful athlete in history.
N Sang, whose constricting style earned him the moniker ”the Burmese Python,” recently stunned former champion Vitaly Bigdash of Russia to become the new ONE middleweight king.
Ngalani is a heavyweight world champion in muay thai and kickboxing. He is known for his devastating strikes and hulking figure. He recently knocked out former heavyweight title contender Hideki Sekine in just 11 seconds.
“Everyone craves success in many forms, and for me, to be part of history is part of my goals. This is a historic matchup that will be talked about for years,” Ngalani said.