Zebaztian Kadestam triumphantly retained the ONE Welterweight crown after he toppled Georgiy Kichigin last night at ONE Reign of Valor, at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
He certified his status as the world champion after he engineered a masterful performance that was highlighted by a beautiful elbow strike right into the temple of the challenger.
That hit proved to be decisive and served as a rude welcome for Kichigin in his ONE debut, as the referee called a stoppage in between round two and three to formalize Kadestam’s victory.
This was the first successful title defense for the Swede champion, and the Kazakh challenger’s first lost since 2014.
Meanwhile, Filipino slugger Rene Catalan sent shockwaves in the Strawweight division after dominating former champion Yoshitaka Naito to claim a TKO win.
Catalan prepared a solid wrestling defense against the Japanese and capitalized on a failed submission attempt to rain down powerful strikes that punished and bloodied Naito, thus translating into a win in the very first round.
Win the win, Catalan might have just earned a title shot with the latest win, adding Yoshitaka in his current 6-fight win streak.
However, teammate Jomary Torres tasted her third straight setback at the hands of China’s Lin Heqin via first round Triangle Choke submission.
•Japan’s Momotaro topped Australia’s Kenny Tse in their Flyweight Kickboxing match via Unanimous Decision
•Portugal’s Rui Botelho defeated Japan’s Yuta Watanabe in a Flyweight Kickboxing match via Unanimous Decision
•Myanmar’s Bozhena Antoniyar TKOs Malaysia’s Audreylaura Boniface in the Second Round of their Atomweight Mixed Martial Arts match
•China’s Chen Rui TKO’s Mariana Islands’ Roman Alvarez in the Second Round of their Catchweight Mixed Martial Arts Clash
•Morocco’s Tarik Khbabez defeated Romania’s Andrei Stoica in their Light Heavyweight Kickboxing encounter via Unanimous Decision
•Germany’s Enriko Kehl stops England’s Liam Nolan in a Featherweight Kickboxing fixture via Second Round KO
•Myanmar’s Tial Thang earned a Unanomious Decision victory over Cambodia’s Rin Saroth in their Catchweight Mixed Martial Arts bout
•Thailand’s Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy outclassed Japan’s Kenta Yamada in a Featherweight Kickboxing match via Unanimous Decision
•India’s Gurdashan Mangat KOs Finland’s Toni Tauru in the Third Round of their Flyweight Mixed Martial Arts meeting
•Italy’s Mauro Cerilli TKOs Hong Kong’s Alain Ngalani in the First Round of a Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts showdown
•Myanmar’s Phoe Thaw TKOs Indonesia’s Yohan Mulia Legowo in the First Round of a Featherweight Mixed Martial Arts fight
Follow us on Twitter at @aseansports1.