ONE Pursuit of Power: Zebaztian Kadestam brings the violence, Tyler McGuire stays undefeated

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The explosive talents of Zebaztian Kadestam took a while to break through in the main event of Friday’s ONE: Pursuit of Power, but once the Swede got going he showed again why he’s among the most thrilling welterweights that ONE Championship has to offer. Kadestam entered as an underdog on hostile territory versus Malaysian ace Agilan Thani, but he did a great job of fighting for underhooks and preventing “The Alligator” from forcing a wrestling match. Kadestam was relatively patient with his offense for two rounds as he tried to set up his overhand right; to be fair, even second-gear Zebaztian offers a whirlwind of spinning body kicks, hacking elbows, and flying knees. In round 3 Kadestam became a veritable dervish of violence as Thani started to fade. The Malaysian did a nice job of firing back on the feet in rounds 1 and 2, but once Kadestam entered kill mode he had no recourse and found himself planted by an onslaught of wild offense – check out the clip below for the finish. With the emphatic win, 27 year old Zebaztian Kadestam (10-4, #72 World) advanced to 2-1 ONE following a TKO loss to Ben Askren last September.  Meanwhile Agilan Thani (8-2, #192 World), whose first loss also came against Askren, saw a two win streak snapped.


ONE: Pursuit of Power Co-Main – Muay Thai:


Smokin’ Jo Nattawut wrecked Yohann Fairtex Drai with a right-hand finisher against the cage.



ONE: Pursuit of Power MMA Undercard


Welterweight: Tyler McGuire (11-0, #285 World)  UD3  Luis “Sapo” Santos (64-11-2, #82 World)

Untested Pacific Northwest talent Tyler McGuire silenced his doubters with this strong all-around 15 minute performance against talented veteran Luis “Sapo” Santos. McGuire showed off his tae kwon do skills early but didn’t take long to go to his bread and butter by putting Santos on the mat. Sapo is typically a strong wrestler himself, and he did score a single takedown in round 2 but found himself reversed in no time by McGuire. The Brazilian’s cardio has never been a strong suit, and he had no answers for McGuire’s top game as he faded in the third round. While it didn’t result in spectacular violence, Tyler McGuire looked composed & talented in all areas in this first big step up in competition and looks like he could have a high ceiling on the global scene.


Featherweight: Narantungalag Jadambaa (14-5, #97 World)  UD3  Kazuki Tokudome (18-9-1, #153 World)

This battle between ex-Pancrase champ Tokudome and former ONE champ Jadambaa served as a reminder of just how quick and well-rounded the Mongolian still is at age 42. Following a close first round, Tokudome briefly held the advantage when he cracked Jadambaa in round 2. But Jadambaa shot perfectly for an instinctive takedown to quell the threat and began to dominate. By the final stanza, Tokudome was reduced to defending from bottom and hanging on for dear life as Jadambaa smashed away until the final bell. Three fight UFC vet Tokudome fell well short in his ONE debut, while Narantungalag Jadambaa improved to 6-2 in ONE and showed no signs of slowing down in this one.


Featherweight: Keanu Subba (6-3) Sub1-Armbar  Xie Chao (9-4)

The home crowd reached nearly riotous proportions watching favorite son Keanu Subba decimate overmatched Xie Chao within a round. Once on the mat Subba latched onto an armbar that Chao gutted out admirably for around 30 seconds, before finally tapping out to give Subba his 5th win in ONE:


Lightweight: Ariel Sexton (12-4, #293 World)  Sub3-Triangle/Keylock  Kota Shimoishi (21-6, #124 World)

Like countryman Kazuki Tokudome, recent ROAD $1 million tourney semifinalist Kota Shimoishi had his ONE debut spoiled by an opponent on top of his impressive game. Shimoishi did his best to implement a wrestling-heavy plan in this one, but found himself under heavy fire from Ariel Sexton every time he gave the Costa Rican space. Sexton showed off diverse technical offense from range and inside the pocket, before finishing in the 3rd with an awesome reverse triangle choke/keylock combo. Fantastic way for Ariel Sexton to score his 4th win in 6 ONE appearances, and his first triumph since he finished off Roger Huerta just over two years ago.


Featherweight: Li Kai Wen (9-4)  TKO3  Emilio Urrutia (11-6, #375 World)

Observant ONE fans will remember that Li Kai Wen starred just three weeks ago at ONE: Pinnacle of Power, when he needed only 13 seconds to score a KO. Li took just a bit longer to remove Emilio Urrutia from his senses, though the delay wasn’t for lack of trying. The Chinese striker’s fast hands found the target often and gave Urrutia a chance to show off an unbelievable chin. Unfortunately “The Honey Badger”‘s head movement was nowhere to be found, and after 11 minutes of slightly-better-than-one-sided action the American finally went down for good. What a start to 2018 for Li Kai Wen, who is now 3-0 with 3 finishes in just under 2.5 rounds of total action.


Women’s Atomweight: Jihin Najihin (3-0, #140 World W115)  UD3  Priscilla Gaol (3-3, #58 World W105)

The Malaysian faithful enjoyed the athletic, sticky grappling that native daughter Jihin Najihin showed off in this solid decision win over six-time ONE vet Priscilla Gaol.


Lightweight: Dae Sung Park (8-2, #244 World)  UD3  Trestle Tan (4-7) in a one-sided smashing.


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