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As Aung La puts some practice shots into a heavy bag during a training session before his fight against Michal Pasternak today. Everyone wants a play by Aung La Nsang. Monday is a long Monday, but for Aung La Nsang - Myanmar's most famous sporting idol and the apparent darling of the audience at today's ONE Championship Managed March Art Festival - this Monday, September 5, was a logistic dream. In the next 16 lessons he will drive on Myanmar's Death Highway to Nay Pyi Taw to photograph with former Union leader U Thein Sein before returning to Yangon the same evening.

Aung La, a grey-haired intruder, asks for a picture with a smart phone in his hands. He is making a twin pack, unfamiliar with the appeal he has in Myanmar after 13 years in the US. Aung La Nsang - "The Burmese Python" - throws his big sleeve around the foreigner, while the self-searcher catches the memory of his paintbrush with glory.


There he can go to a three-year-old Aung De' café with him, have a seat and eat without a guest asking for his name. An Aung La Nsang has been performed at somewhere between 175 and 205 lbs, and at about 6 ft 1 inch high he was the biggest person in the room in every circumstance where I saw him during that long Monday in September.

Aung La Nsang was a child at Yangon International University, Myitkyina, the state of Kachin, before moving to the United States in 2003 to study at Andrews University, a small Adventism college in Michigan. During his second year of study, Aung La Nsang recorded MMA and Brazil's Jujitsu with Andrews, making ends meet on a milk ranch near college while fighting a few battles in the Midwestern United States.

During his marriages, he continued to fight, gained American nationality and had a boy. During this period his fight records increased, more in victories than in casualties. He returned to his native Myanmar just seven month ago when he played Egypt's Mohamed Ali in a ONE championship at Thuwunna Stadium and won with a guilotine in the middle of the first round.

The Myanmar community is engaged in community service, where his Instagram flow is oscillating between photographs of Aung De, his combat crew and celebrity fighters - insights into his battles, imbued with meticulously strategic commercials split on a 4,000 trailer on Instagram and 115,000 on Facebook, many of which are accessing the star's Myanmar show.

But who would have thought smart phones would be omnipresent in Myanmar? Whether it is his athletic detachment from his local fan base - Baltimore is over 8,500 leagues from Yangon - or some kind of inner peace, his huge appeal in Myanmar makes Aung La Nsang hardly listen. Everyone gets their moments with Myanmar's greatest sporting heroes.

However, today, on a Friday at the end of the Myanmar rainfall, Aung La Nsang will have nothing to cope with - no spectacled friars around him, nor a legion of admirers in the bath. Today it is only Aung La Nsang and his adversary who climb into a cages in front of thousand of fans to dominate each other over three five-minute laps.

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