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Sweden’s Zebaztian Kadestam is new ONE Welterweight World Champion

Zebaztian Kadestam (©ONE Championship)

Zebaztian Kadestam (©ONE Championship)

Fighting out of of Arsta, Uppsala, Sweden, Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, has been crowned the new ONE Welterweight World Champion. He is the third mixed martial artist to hold the title.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” on November 17, 2018 at the Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the main event, Kadestam and Tyler McGuire, 32, of Spokane, Washington, United States competed for the ONE Welterweight World Championship.

Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the welterweight championship bout between Kadestam and McGuire at of 4:32 the fifth round. The Swedish contender knocked out his American opponent.

Not only is Kadestam the new ONE Welterweight World Champion. He is also the first MMA fighter to defeat McGuire.

The first MMA fighter to hold the ONE Welterweight World Championship is Nobutatsu Suzuki, 41, of Tokyo, Japan. He became the inaugural titleholder after defeating Brock Larson, 41, of Brainerd, Minnesota, United States via unanimous decision at “ONE: War of Nations” on March 14, 2014.

On August 29, 2014, Suzuki lost the ONE Welterweight World Championship to Ben “Funky” Askren, 34, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The Japanese defending champion was knocked out by his American challenger via punches at “ONE: Reign of Champions.”

Askren successfully defended the title three times. He submitted Agilan Thani via arm-triangle choke at “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes” on May 26, 2017.

Both Kadestam and Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of  lost to Askren via technical knockout via punches. Kadestam lost at “ONE Championship: Shanghai” on September 2, 2017 while Aoki lost at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” on November 24, 2017.

On October 24, 2018, Askren officially vacated the ONE Welterweight World Championship title and left ONE Championship for the UFC. He was traded with former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of Kirkland, Washington.

Here is a “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” recap by Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson:

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