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Kyrgyzstan’s Kiamrian Abbasov is new ONE Welterweight World Champion, decisions Zebaztian Kadestam at ‘ONE: Dawn of Valor’ in Indonesia

Zebaztian Kadestam, Kiamrian Abbasov (©ONE Championship)

Zebaztian Kadestam, Kiamrian Abbasov (©ONE Championship)

Kiamrian “Brazen” Abbasov, 26, of Kyrgyzstan is the new ONE Welterweight World Champion. He earned the title by winning at at “ONE: Dawn of Valor” at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta, Indonesia on October 25, 2019.

“ONE: Dawn of Valor” featured 13 mixed martial arts bouts and three ONE Super Series contests, which are two kickboxing contests and one Muay Thai fight. In the main event of the evening, Abbasov challenged then reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 29, of Sweden.

Olivier Coste served as the referee. Ian Cartwright of Canada, Subhan Prasandra of Malaysia and Rosenberg Rosete of the Philippines were the judges.

Kadestam started off strong in the early going, connecting on heavy leg kicks and slicing downward elbows. But Abbasov would keep the gap close and was constantly pursuing the takedown.

On the mat, Abbasov shined as he punished Kadestam with ground-and-pound. The Russian challenger was able to sustain this pace for the duration of the bout as the Swedish defending champion had no answer for his challenger’s grappling prowess.

After five five-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of Abbasov, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

 

Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Valor” improved the professional MMA record of Abbasov to 22 wins and 4 losses. Kadestam now has 12 wins and 5 losses.

Sweden and Kyrgyzstan, 15 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Valor.” The others were Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Tajikistan, Timor Leste and the United States.

Kadestam and Abbasov solely represented Sweden and Kyrgyzstan, respectively. The former champion is training at Legacy Gym and Pancrase Gym Sweden while the new champion trains out of Novorosfight.

Having previously defeated Agilan Thani and Yushin Okami, Abbasov is now riding a four-bout winning streak. Here is a recap of “ONE: Dawn of Valor” from Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson:

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