Reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, of Sweden had his face-off with Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin, 28, of Kazakhstan during the official “ONE: Reign of Valor” open workout at the Transcend Fitness Yangon in Yangon, Myanmar on March 5, 2019. During the event, the Swedish mixed martial artist shared his thoughts on his Kazakh rival.
Featuring nine mixed martial arts matches and five kickboxing matches, “ONE: Reign of Valor” is the first ONE Championship event in 2019 to take place in Myanmar. In the main event, Kichigin will challenge Kadestam, who is defending his ONE Welterweight World Championship belt for the first time.
“I’m beyond honored and excited to be defending my ONE Welterweight World Championship in Yangon on March 8th,” Kadestam stated. “This will be my first World Title defense in ONE, and as the saying goes, you aren’t a champion until you have defended your belt. I am fully focused on proving that I am a true champion and that I deserve to have this prestigious belt around my waist.”
“I know that Georgiy will be a very tough challenger,” Kadestam continued. “He has great momentum now and has beaten some very talented opponents. But I have prepared hard.”
“I have trained well for this title defense,” the reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion added. “In my mind, this is the biggest fight of my career. I will do everything that I can to remain the ONE Welterweight World Champion.”
The “ONE: Reign of Valor” fight night will take place at the iconic Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon on March 8, 2019. Meanwhile, here are Kadestam and Kichigin during the recent open workout at the Transcend Fitness Yangon: