I am a Kachin MMA fighter born in Myitkyina, Myanmar. Now I live in Elkridge, Maryland. I am pursuing a career in fighting. Life is a fight so I know many of you will be able to relate to me.
I started training MMA in 2004, before UFC and MMA became this big and global. The year I started training, Pride Fighting Championship was just as big as the UFC and I was still a sophomore in college. During my college years, I studied Agriculture Science at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and worked at a dairy farm at AU. In my college years, I would drive three times a week to South Bend, Indiana to a Carlson Gracie Affiliate school to train. There I fell in love with Brazilian Jiujitsu and MMA.
In the summer of 2007, I stumbled upon Crazy 88. I was a 21 year old right out of college living at my sister’s house in Columbia, Maryland while looking for a job. There I trained with Julius Park for two months but left to become a beekeeper in Felda, Florida. After spending a year an a half all over the country as a migratory beekeeper, I realized that I needed professional training if I ever wanted to become an MMA fighter. That’s when I made the choice to move back to Maryland and come back to Crazy 88 MMA gym. Since graduating from Andrews University, I have had 23 MMA fight and realized that my career is far from what I majored in college.
My goals in my MMA careers are, to make it to the UFC and one day open a school back home in Myitkyina, Myanmar.
Get to Know Aungla
Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?
My wife Katie Oliphant, we could probably turn being stranded on an island into a vacation.
Describe your perfect day.
At a nice warm beach with friends and family, just hanging out and eating good food.
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
I would love to see the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids in Egypt, the Wonders are proof of man’s vision coming to reality.
What is your favorite memory about training?
The first time I go my first submission (armbar) and I was so amazed by the fact that you can use your body to break someone’s arm.
Who is your favorite author? What is your favorite book?
Malcolm Gladwell is my favorite author, I love all the books that he has written and his books have changed my views in life. My favorite book is the Bible.
Do you have a favorite quote? If so what is it?
“I can do all things through Him who strenghtens me.” ~Phillipians 4:13
Do you have a favorite art piece? If so what is it and why?
I don’t have one single art piece but I do think the art work of the Sistine Chapel. I love the art work of the Renaissance Painters.
What was your favorite activity in gym class?
Playing soccer aka the real football.
What has been your biggest challenge in martial arts?
My inability to pay attention to the little details.
What is your biggest success up until now?
Getting my wins in Bellator and One FC by the way of Knock Out.
What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?
They need to teach kids these days that just because you have a degree you automatically don’t get a job and make the big money. You may but in most cases you are not. Most people are going to have to grind to find a job that barely pay for rent and your living expenses, so be smart about your finances and don’t splurge.
University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?
Definitely life experience, I almost think the my 4 years in college and my Bachelors degree did me more damage than helped my careers and my goals.
If you were to create a piece of art, what would the subject be?
The intersection of the Mali River and the Nmai River in Kachin State that forms the Irrawaddy River that run through all of Myanmar. I painted this when I was in middle school and it’s probably the only art work that I could make and look decent.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
I would travel back to 2003 when I left Myanmar and started college. I would manage my time better and probably change my major.
How would your friends describe you?
Kind and strong.