Chin fighter to represent Myanmar in One Championship next week
(Photo: Tial Cung Thang Facebook)
30 January 2021 – Tial Cung Thang, also known as ‘The Dragon Leg’, is to fight against an Indonesian opponent in the upcoming One Championship match scheduled for next Friday.
The Chin wrestler said on his Facebook page that he would represent his original country, Myanmar, again in the February 5 fight.
In his interview with the Hakha Post, he said that his opponent is Indonesian fighter Paul “The Great” Lumihi and that this show would take place in Singapore.
Trained by ONE World Champion Aung La N Sang, Tial ‘The Dragon Leg’ Thang said that he had made a nine-month preparation for the contest.
In 2019, Thang competed with Cambodian fighter Rin Saroth and won his first One Championship in Myanmar on 8 March 8. In December the same year, he won by the judges’ unanimous decisions in the fight against South Korean fighter Kim Woon Kyoum.
Born in Khuathar, Hakha, Chin State, Tial Cung Thang migrated to Malaysia as a refugee together with his family while he was young and eventually ended up in the United States under the UN resettlement program.
His profile posted on the One Championship website noted, “While he was in school, Tial won over 500 matches in wrestling on the way to New York State Championships in Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling. He also won 50 matches in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, leading him to seriously consider a professional career in mixed martial arts.”
Thang lives with his family in New York. – Reporting by Cer Len Ci and Naomy VT Chin with Thawng Zel Thang#