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Kadestam talks loss to Askren, McGuire ONE Championship welterweight title

Zebaztian Kadestam faces Tyler McGuire this coming Saturday (Nov. 17) in Jakarta. The pair battles out for a vacant ONE Championship welterweight title. The bout headlines the Warrior’s Dream event held at Stadium Istora.


“The Bandit” Kadestam has seen many different battles in his seven years as a professional mixed martial artist. But for the Swedish standout, his loss against former ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren last year has had the most impact in his career.

More than a year ago, Askren dominated Kadestam en route to a second-round TKO victory. It was a humbling experience for Kadestam, but despite the loss, “The Bandit” acknowledged the lessons learned from the setback, which he said should prove essential in his career moving forward.

“This defeat was the best learning experience of my career because during my whole camp I was learning so much to prepare for Ben’s wrestling. It meant I developed as a martial artist just through the process of doing my training camp,” Kadestam said in July.

“In the bout, I could see what he was trying to do, and his answers to what I was trying to do. Every 10 seconds, there was something he was doing that I could learn from. He was one step ahead of me in the whole bout, and I learned so much from experiencing that.

“I think my wrestling game has improved and changed completely as a result of that bout, and I am seeing it in my training. I get to a position and think: ‘How did I get to this position?’ It is from my experience of competing against Ben.

“Obviously, I was angry and disappointed immediately after the loss, but it was a learning experience, and it has actually made me a lot better. Martial arts is a journey, so you have to appreciate the ups and downs.”

Kadestam went on to put together a stunning performance against Malaysia’s Agilan Thani, whom he finished in the third round with a scintillating striking sequence.

Kadestam is scheduled to lock horns with undefeated American Tyler McGuire for the vacant welterweight title in the main event of ONE: Warrior’s Dream held on November 17 at the Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia. This time, he believes that he can handle the situation much better.

“I’ve been training for these kinds of guys for so long, so I’m starting to get the hang of it. I’ve been training hard, and I feel good, so I feel confident for this fight,” Kadestam ended.

The co-main event at ONE Warrior’s Dream is a kickboxing encounter between Nieky Holzken and Cosmo Alexandre. A complete fight card can be found below.

ONE Warrior’s Dream: McGuire vs. Kadestam

Tyler McGuire vs. Zebaztian Kadestam (MMA)
Nieky Holzken vs. Cosmo Alexandre (Kickboxing)
Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol vs. Angelie Sabanal (MMA)
Pongsiri Mitsatit vs. Hayato Suzuki (MMA)
Lerdsila Chumpairtour vs. Sok Thy (Muay Thai)
Zach Zane vs. Jimmy Yabo (MMA)
Elipitua Siregar vs. Muhammad Imran (MMA)
Egi Rozten vs. Eddey Kalai (MMA)
Zhao Zhi Kang vs. Dae Hwan Kim (MMA)
Eugene Toquero vs. Tatsumitsu Wada (MMA)
Brown Pinas vs. Yohann Drai (Muay Thai)
Xie Chao vs. Bruno Pucci (MMA)


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