By: Nick Portella
One Championship will be holding their inaugural event in Shanghai, China, which is set to take place on September 2, 2017, at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. In the main event, Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren of the United States returns to the ONE Championship cage to defend his title against challenger Zebaztian Kadestam of Sweden.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship stated, “China is one of our biggest markets, and the focus has been to really bring the rich cultural history of martial arts in China to the forefront. It is a delight to finally announce our inaugural event in the beautiful city of Shanghai. We are coming at you live and ready to showcase the world’s most authentic display of martial arts. With an exhilarating main event prepared for our fans in Shanghai, Ben Askren is ready to defend his ONE Welterweight World Championship against Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam. Moreover, we have an amazing card planned for fans all across the world. This is a live event you would not want to miss!”
Askren, a former NCAA Division I All-American, is a collegiate wrestling legend and a US Olympian who represented the nation at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Askren has been with ONE Championship since 2014, winning the ONE Welterweight World Championship in just his second bout. Askren has defended his title twice with his last one being in May. He now sits at 16-0 in professional MMA.
Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam of Sweden is 9-3. Seven of his nine career victories have come by way of knockout. Kadestam made a successful ONE Championship debut last May when he defeated Luis Santos, upsetting the top welterweight contender.
One Championship: Shanghai Fight Card
Ben “Funky” Askren vs. Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam – Welterweight Title Fight
Narantungalag Jadambaa vs. Tetsuya Yamada – Featherweight
Miao Li Tao vs. Liu De Li Ri Ge Hu – Bantamweight
Xu Chun Yan vs. Eh Ya Nut – Atomweight
“The Sweeping Monk” Chen Geng Min vs. Peng Xue Wen – Strawweight
Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai vs. Mahmoud Mohamed – Featherweight
“Supermom” Miao Jie vs. Mona Samir – Flyweight
Amir Khan vs. Jaroslav Jartim – Featherweight
“The Ghost” Zhang Ze Hao vs. Li Cheng Chao – Bantamweight
Marc Marcellinus vs. Tran Quang Loc – Bantamweight