Zebaztian Kadestam Claims Vacant Welterweight Title with Late KO at One 'Warrior's Dream



With Ben
Askren
off to compete under the Ultimate Fighting Championship
banner, Singapore-based promotion crowned a new welterweight king
at
"Warrior's Dream
in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday.

In the main event, Zebaztian
Kadestam
(11-4) handed Tyler
McGuire
(11-1) his first pro loss to claim the vacant 170-pound
throne. The contest proved to be a clash of styles, as Sweden's
Kadestam elected to pit his striking against his American
opponent's wrestling.

The army veteran McGuire displayed his tenacity by testing his
opponent's takedown defense for the majority of the fight, while
Kadestam did a good job defending those attempts and landing some
good shots. As the fight went on, McGuire began to fatigue from his
efforts, allowing Kadestam to control the distance of the
fight.

With 30 seconds still on the clock in the final round, Kadestam
Clipped McGuire with a right overhand and sent him to the canvas,
earning a knockout at the 4:32 mark of the fifth frame. The One
Championship welterweight title had not been on the line since
Askren's last bout with the organization in November 2017.

In the event's co-feature, hometown girl
Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol
(5-3) bested Angelie
Sabanal
(1-1) via unanimous decision. Fighting for the sixth
time in 2018, Gaol displayed remarkable improvements in her standup
game. As a result, she improved to 5-1 on the year.

Elsewhere, flyweight Hayato
Suzuki
(20-1-2) forced Pongsiri
Mitsatit
(9-2) to tap due to a rear naked choke at the 2:09
mark of the opening stanza; lightweight Anthony
Tell me
(8-4) submitted Jimmy Yabo
(5-7) with a rear-naked choke 2:35 into round one; Indonesia's
Elipitua
Siren
(3-0) bested Muhammad
Imran
(5-3) thanks to a slick rear-naked choke at the 2:10 mark
of round two; and flyweight Eka
Aprilianto
(2-1) defeated Eddey "The Clown" Kalai (0-5) by
knockout 3:15 into the first stanza.


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