Ben Askren put the ONE Championship welterweight gold on the line Saturday in Shanghai, and it was a one-sided performance.
Zebaztian Kadestam earned a shot at the belt after knocking out Brazilian veteran Luis Santos in May, but “Funky" proved to be too much for the challenger.
Askren quickly slammed Kadestam on the ground early in the opening round, getting to the mount position and landing hard shots. Kadestam didn’t do anything but survive, but made it to the second round.
Askren continued to dominate with his ground and pound until the referee rescued Kadestam from more damage and stopped the contest four minutes into the second round.
Askren successfully defended his belt for the first time, improving to 17-0 in MMA with his fourth finish under the ONE Championship banner. He’s held the title since Aug. 2014, but in his two previously scheduled defenses, one opponent missed weight and spoiled his title opportunity, while the other bout ended in a no-contest after Askren accidentally poked his opponent in the eye.
"I haven’t got hit one time my last two fights,” Askren said after the fight, "So someone please come into this cage who can actually hit me.”
Asked who could be that person, the former NCAA champion simply said "I’m open to a super fight. I’m open to any welterweight on planet Earth. Bring it, baby."
In one of the highlights of the event, lightweight prospect Amir Khan scored his fifth victory in a row against Jaroslav Jartim. Khan made quick work of his opponent in the opening round, landing a vicious high kick followed by a right hand that drop Jartim unconscious. Khan improved to 8-1 under the ONE Championship banner with the victory.
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