[PHOTOS] Sweden vs USA: Zebaztian Kadestam, Tyler McGuire fight at ‘ONE: Warrior’s Dream’ in Indonesia

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Undefeated mixed martial artist Ben “Funky” Askren, 34, of Phoenix, Arizona, United States vacated the ONE Welterweight World Championship title on November 24, 2017. On November 17, 2018, the vacant title was contested at “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” between Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, of Arsta, Uppsala, Sweden and Tyler McGuire, 32, of Spokane, Washington, United States.

Featuring three ONE Super Series striking contests and 11 MMA matches, “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” took place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was headlined by Kadestam and McGuire.

Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the welterweight championship bout between Kadestam and McGuire at 4:32 of the fifth round. The Swedish contender knocked out his American opponent.

Kadestam is the third MMA fighter to hold the ONE Welterweight World Championship title. He is the first fighter to defeat McGuire.

Both McGuire and Kadestam were coming out of a victory. They competed in separate bouts at “ONE: Pursuit of Power” at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 13, 2018.

McGuire co-headlined “ONE: Pursuit of Power” with Luis “Sapo” Santos, 38, of Belem, Para, Brazil. After three five-minute rounds, the Spokane fighter defeated his Brazilian opponent via unanimous decision.

In the main event of “ONE: Pursuit of Power,” Kadestam faced  Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Swedish fighter knocked out his Malaysian opponent via punches and elbows in the third round.

The “ONE: Pursuit of Power” victory improved Kadestam’s professional MMA record to 10 wins and 4 losses. He will compete in ONE Championship for the fourth time at “ONE: Warrior’s Dream.”

Born and raised in Stockholm, Kadestam stayed in the Philippines from 2012 to 2017. He trained out of Legacy Gym in Boracay, Malay, Aklan under the tutelage of former ONE Championship athlete Ole “Iron Fist” Laursen, 41, who is a Filipino-Danish Welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer fighting out of Ubon Ratchani, Thailand.

Before joining ONE Championship, Kadestam was a PXC Welterweight Champion. When he made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes” on May 26, 2017 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, he knocked out Santos via knees in the third round.

On September 2, 2017, Kadestam challenged Askren at “ONE: Championship: Shanghai” at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China. In the main event, the Phoenix fighter knocked out the Swedish challenger via punches in the second round.

Like Askren, McGuire is also an undefeated fighter. Defeating Santos at “ONE: Pursuit of Power” improved the Spokane fighter’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 0 loss.

Born and raised in Iowa, McGuire is a a Staff Sergeant teaching the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) program in the Air Force. It was his job that brought him to Spokane where he met his current coach Rick Little of Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems.

Watch all the “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” bouts here:

Undefeated Spokane fighter Tyler McGuire to make ONE Championship debut in Malaysia

Tyler McGuire (YouTube/BJ Penn)
Tyler McGuire (YouTube/BJ Penn)

Fighting out of Spokane, Washington, Tyler McGuire, 32, has joined ONE Championship. The American mixed martial artist’s debut in the promotion will take place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 13, 2018 at “ONE: Pursuit of Power.”

McGuire will compete in the welterweight division at “ONE: Pursuit of Power” against Luis “Sapo” Santos, 38, of Belem, Para, Brazil. It will be the eighth bout of the evening.

The Spokane native is entering ONE Championship with a perfect professional MMA record of 10 wins and 0 loss. Training out of Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems in Spokane, he is known as a submission specialist.

Seven of McGuire’s victories came by way of submission. Known for his ability to display creative grappling techniques, he finds himself travelling halfway across the globe to Asia, where he plans to showcase his skills on the global stage of martial arts competition.

In McGuire’s most recent bout, which was at “ExciteFight: Conquest of the Cage” on February 2, 2018, he submitted his fellow Spokane fighter Jerome Jones, 33, via rear-naked choke. It was the eighth time McGuire finished a professional MMA bout in the first round.

On the other hand, Santos is coming out of a unanimous victory over Kiamrian Abbasov, 24, of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The Brazilian fighter has 64 wins and 10 losses.

Headlining “ONE: Pursuit of Power” are Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 27, of Sweden and Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 22, who will compete in the welterweight division. In the co-main event of the evening, ONE Super Series athletes “Smokin” Jo Nattawut, 28, of Thailand and Yohann Fairtex Drai, 26, of France will battle it out in a Muay Thai contest in the featherweight division.

Meanwhile, watch one of McGuire’s previous bouts here:

Ticket information for ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER is available at www.onefc.com.

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