Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam is set to make the first defense of his ONE Welterweight World Championship on Friday, 8 March.
The Swedish martial arts superstar will return to action at ONE: REIGN OF VALOR, which emanates from the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
He is scheduled to defend the gold against Kazakhstan’s Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin in the headline attraction.
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Posted by ONE Championship on Thursday, 3 January 2019
“The Bandit” is riding a wave of momentum after two incredible performances took him to the belt in 2018.
Kadestam, a representative of Legacy Gym and Pancrase Gym Sweden, kicked off his World Title campaign by defeating Agilan “Alligator” Thani in the main event of ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER last July. He secured a third-round TKO victory, which earned him a shot at the vacant crown.
Not only did he claim the ONE Welterweight World Title, but Kadestam also continued his remarkable streak of earning every win in The Home Of Martial Arts via KO in the final round.
There is a good chance he will be pushed all the way again when he takes on the 29-year-old Kazakh at ONE: REIGN OF VALOR.
Kichigin, who is the FNG Welterweight Champion, has been undefeated since 2014. He is currently riding an incredible 14-bout win streak and during that time, he established himself as one of the most dangerous competitors in the world.
Of his 20 professional wins, 16 have come via submission and a further two via knockout. That makes for a staggering 90 percent finishing rate.
“Knight” will be in good company on 8 March, as Kadestam also boasts a high rate of finishes – 91 percent, to be exact.
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ONE: REIGN OF VALOR will feature a stacked lineup of mixed martial arts and ONE Super Series bouts including three national heroes on the undercard, led by Phoe “Bushido” Thaw’s return to featherweight action against Indonesia’s “The Ice Man” Yohan Mulia Legowo.
Finally, “The Dragon Leg” Tial Thang – a training partner of Aung La N Sang – will make his debut in the world’s largest martial arts organization. He will square off against Cambodia’s Rin Saroth in a 68-kilogram catch weight affair.
Check out the list below for all the match-ups confirmed so far.
Zebaztian Kadestam VS Georgiy Kichigin (ONE Welterweight World Championship)
Phoe Thaw VS Yohan Mulia Legowo (mixed martial arts– featherweight)
Toni Tauru VS Gary Mangat (mixed martial arts – flyweight)
Tial Thang VS Rin Saroth (mixed martial arts – 68-kilogram catch weight)
Lin Heqin VS Jomary Torres (mixed martial arts – women’s atomweight)
Bozhena Antoniyar VS Audreylaura Boniface (mixed martial arts – women’s atomweight)