Zebaztian Kadestam handed Tyler McGuire his first professional loss to claim the ONE Championship welterweight title — which was recently vacated by newly signed UFC fighter, Ben Askren — in the main event of ONE Championship: Warrior’s Dream in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday.
With 30 seconds left on the clock, the Swede threw a Hail Mary right hand that immediately sent McGuire to the canvas. Kadestam appeared to hit McGuire with a knee to the head as he closed in to finish the fight, before the referee stepped in to stop the action.
Zebaztian Kadestam (11-4) is your new ONE Welterweight Champion, obliterating Tyler McGuire with less than a minute to go! The Swedish "Bandit" has finished 10 of 11 wins, nine by knockout. #WarriorsDream pic.twitter.com/TN8SkOlT2P— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) November 17, 2018
Kadestam methodically picked the American apart over the five rounds. He attacked McGuire’s calf over the first two rounds and switched his focus to the body in the third and fourth stanzas. He did a fantastic job of evading takedowns throughout the bout and tried to goad McGuire into the exchanges with taunts at any given opportunity.
The looping right hand connected as McGuire was moving backwards, Kadestam chased up the punch with what he later described as his “signature” knee.
Nieky Holzken looked in sensational form in his rematch against Brazilian Cosmo Alexandre, stopping the fight with a devastating uppercut in the dying embers of the second round.
The kickboxing legend brought a lot of fire into the first round, dropping Alexandre with a head kick, and later, a left hook. He put an exclamation mark on his ONE Championship Super Series debut when he caught Alexandre against the fence with the conclusive blow that ended the fight.
Priscilla Gaol was dominant in the striking exchanges against Angelie Sabanal, but was forced to give her full attention to the Filipino’s rear-naked choke attempts in the second and third rounds.
The Indonesian got a huge pop from her home crowd when she dropped Sabanal at the beginning of the third round. She showed some savvy on the ground when she turned into her opponent as she threatened with a submission later in the round.
Japanese submission specialist Hayato Suzuki wasted no time in taking Pongsiri Mitsatit to the deck to force the tap from the Thai flyweight. Suzuki used Joshua Patia’s “passion lock” — the technique that stopped Mitsatit in his last outing — before securing a rear-naked choke two minutes into the contest.
Suzuki improved to 20-1-2 with the victory.
Hayato Suzuki makes his case for a strawweight World Title shot with a scintillating submission victory over Pongsiri Mitsatit at 2:09 of Round 1! #WeAreONE #WarriorsDream #Jakarta #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/DCAEpxR0zA— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) November 17, 2018
Anthony Engelen made the most of his short notice call up on the back of his head kick knockout win over Meas Meu eight days ago in Singapore. The Dutch fighter made it two wins in as many outings for One Championship when he latched onto a rear-naked choke, which stopped Jimmy Yabo at the midpoint of the first round.
Opening the main card, Egi Rozten improved to 2-0-0 with a well timed right hand against Eddey Kalai.
- Zebaztian Kadestam def. Tyler McGuire via KO (punch and knee) at 4:32 of R5
- Nieky Holzken def. Cosmo Alexandre via KO (uppercut) 2:59 of R2
- Priscilla Gaol def. Angelie Sabanal via unanimous decision
- Hayato Suzuki def. Pongsiri Mitsatit via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:11 of R1
- Lerdsila Phuket Top Team def. Sok Thy via unanimous decision [Muay Thai bout]
- Anthony Engelen def. Jimmy Yabo via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:34 of R1
- Egi Rozten def. Eddey Kalai via knockout (punch) at 3:14 of R1
- Elipitua Siregar def. Muhammad Imranvia submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:10 of R2
- Dae Hwan Kim def. Zhao Zhi Kang via unanimous decision
- Tatsumitsu Wada def. Eugene Toquero via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:52 of R1
- Adrian Mattheis def. Aziz Calim via submission (guillotine) at 0:56 of R2
- Brown Pinas def. Yohann Fairtex Drai via KO (elbow) in R2 [Muay Thai bout]
- Bruno Pucci def. Xie Chao via submission (guillotine) at 0:56 of R1
- Dwi Ani Retno Wulan def. Putri Padmi via unanimous decision