After going on hiatus for almost a year, Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 27, of Sweden is returning to the cage for his third ONE Championship bout. The Swedish mixed martial artist will compete in the main event of “ONE: Pursuit of Power,” which will take place the Axiana Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 13, 2018.
Kadestam’s “ONE: Pursuit of Power” opponent is a hometown hero. He will battle it out with Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 22, of Malaysia in the welterweight division.
The Malaysian MMA fighter holds a professional MMA record of 9 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, the Swedish contender has 9 wins and 4 losses.
At the age of 12, Kadestam started training in Muay Thai. After embarking on a successful professional career in the sport, he explored other disciplines and became a Pacific X-treme Combat Welterweight Champion.
In Sweden, Kadestam trained at the Pancrase Gym in Stockholm. He also traveled to the Philippines to sharpen his skills at the Legacy Gym in the island of Boracay in Malay, Aklan under famed martial artist Ole Laursen.
In Kadestam’s ONE Championship debut, he knocked out veteran Luis “Sapo” Santos, 38, of Brazil. It was the Swedish fighter’s biggest victory, which earned him a shot at the ONE Welterweight World Championship held by Ben “Funky” Askren, 33, of the United States.
Though Kadestam was unsuccessful in his world title bid, he remains one of the top contenders in the welterweight division of ONE Championship. While “ONE: Pursuit of Power” marks his third ONE Championship bout, it will be Thani’s 10th outing in the promotion.
With Thani and Kadestam in the main event, “ONE: Pursuit of Power” will be co-headlined by “Smokin” Jo Nattawut, 28, of Thailand and Yohann Fairtex Drai, 26, of France. Nattawut and Drai will compete in a Muay Thai contest in the featherweight division on the ONE Super Series card.
“ONE: Pursuit of Power” is the second ONE Championship event to take place in Malaysia in 2018 following “ONE: Visions of Victory,” where Thani earned his most recent win. Here is a recap of the latter:
Ticket information for ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER is available at www.onefc.com.