Tial Thang may not be a familiar name to Myanmar’s mixed martial arts fans, but it should not be too long before the “The Dragon Leg” starts becoming a regular topic of conversation.
The 25-year-old bantamweight has just signed a contract to compete in ONE Championship, the world’s largest martial arts organisation.
“I’ve been working so hard to get this opportunity,” he said in an interview with www.onefc.com. “I’m just so happy and excited to show the world what I’m capable of doing.”
Born in the city of Hakha, capital of Chin state. Tial Thang emigrated with his family to the U.S. when he was 14 years old. He had already developed an interest in martial arts during his early years, after taking up nanban, a form of wrestling.
However, his interest soon became his calling after he competed in his first amateur mixed martial arts bout at the age of 19.
“From that moment, I knew it was something I wanted to do for a living,” Tial Thang said
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