Zebaztian Kadestam open workout
Zebaztian Kadestam open workout

Zebaztian Kadestam defends ONE Welterweight title against Georgiy Kichigin

Zebaztian Kadestam faces Georgiy Kichigin in defense of his ONE Welterweight title on March 8 at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The pair headlines the fight card billed as “Reign of Valor”.

The open workout was held at the Transcend Gym on Tuesday (Mar. 5). The main event fighters were accompanied by several other athletes partaking in the upcoming show, such as Phoe Thaw, Tial Thang and Bozhena Antoniyar.

“I’m beyond honored and excited to be defending my ONE Welterweight World Championship in Yangon on March 8th. This will be my first World Title defense in ONE, and as the saying goes, you aren’t a champion until you have defended your belt,” said the champion Zebaztian Kadestam. “I am fully focused on proving that I am a true champion and that I deserve to have this prestigious belt around my waist. I know that Georgiy [Kichigin] will be a very tough challenger. He has great momentum now and has beaten some very talented opponents, but I have prepared hard. I have trained well for this title defense. In my mind, this is the biggest fight of my career. I will do everything that I can to remain the ONE Welterweight World Champion.”

ONE Reign of Valor open workout
ONE Reign of Valor open workout

The challenger Georgiy Kichigin said that “this will be the most important fight of my [his] career. I have defeated many big names in the past, but if I can defeat Zebaztian Kadestam and become the new ONE Welterweight World Champion, then that will definitely be the biggest win ever. I am very excited for this fight because this will be the biggest stage that I have been on. If I can become a world champion in just my first time with ONE Championship, then that will put me in the history books as well. I have trained hard for this opportunity, and I will not let it go to waste. My opponent is a great champion and a big test for me, but I am confident that I can pass this test with flying colors.”

Phoe Thaw battles it out in the co-main event facing off Yohan Mulia Legowo at the 70.3 kg MMA bout. Tial Thang takes on Rin Saroth at 68 kg matchup, and Bozhena Antoniyar meets Audreylaura Boniface at 52.2 kg battle. The complete fight card for ONE: Reign of Valor can be found here.

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