Tial Thang scored his second straight win at AIC 2 in Los Angeles The Burmese born bantamweight had hoped to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Aung La Nsang by becoming a ONE Championship star.

Things didn’t quite work out that way for Thang. After claiming victories in his first three fights for the promotion his form dipped and he is winless in his last three ONE Championship fights, although one of them was a no contest.

But Thang has gone back to fighting on regional shows in the US which is how he made his name as an amateur. The 29 year old has won two fights out of two in 2023.


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Back to back

At LFA 156 last month he scored a unanimous decision win over Jose Hernandez. The American had a perfect professional record heading into that fight with three wins out of three as well as pro boxing experience.

Thang followed that up with a victory over Nicko Commissiong last weekend. There are no results available at the time of writing so it isn’t clear how he won that contest.

But in the space of two months Thang has improved his record to 5-1 after registering back to back wins. It isn’t clear whether he is still under contract to ONE Championship but the matchmakers are sure to be impressed by his recent form.


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Firm friends

Thang trains alongside La Nsang at Kill Cliff MMA in Florida. Both men were born in Myanmar but have spent most of their lives living in the US.

Thang hasn’t been quite as successful as La Nsang but the former ONE Championship light heavyweight and middleweight champion set the bar very high. During his peak he won seven fights in a row and became a two division champion in the process.

La Nsang looks back to something approaching his best and has stopped his last three opponents. He is coming off an impressive submission win over Fan Rong at ONE Fight Night 10.

ONE Championship has not put on an event in Myanmar since the military coup and the promotion’s ambitions in the troubled country appear to be firmly on hold. But these Burmese fighters are both on good form and Thang will be hoping for another chance to prove himself with the promotion.