On July 13, 2018, ONE Championship returned to Malaysia for “ONE: Pursuit of Power” featuring 8 mixed martial arts matches and 3 striking-only bouts on the ONE Super Series bouts. The ONE Super Series card had 1 kickboxing contest and 2 Muay Thai contests.
The kickboxing contest was between Sergej “Kuvalda” Maslobojev, 31, of Lithuania and Florent Kaouachi of France. The battled it out in the middleweight division.
With Atsushi Onari as the referee, the ONE Super Series middleweight kickboxing match between Maslobojev and Kaouachi was the seventh bout at “ONE: Pursuit of Power,” which took place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was the second striking-only contest of the evening.
After three rounds, the kickboxing contest between Maslobojev and Kaouachi was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Onari raised the hand of the Lithuanian kickboxer as the winner via unanimous decision.
Training out of Sparta Fight Gym under Andrius Sipaila, Maslobojev aims to become the next ONE Super Series Champion. The striking-only league of Championship currently has one champion, reigning ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, 34, of Thailand.
“ONE: Pursuit of Power” marked Maslobojev’s second ONE Super Series bout. On May 12, 2018 at “ONE: Grit and Glory,” the Lithuanian martial artist made a successful debut in the league by outperforming his Croatian opponent Antonio Plazibat, 24.
On the other hand, Kaouachi made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Pursuit of Power.” The French martial artist is training out of Mahmoudi Gym in Bonneuil-sur-Marne, Val de Marne, France.
The first striking bout at “ONE: Pursuit of Power” was a Muay Thai flyweight contest between Petchdam Kaiyanghadao of Bangkok, Thailand and Josh “Timebomb” Tonna of Canberra, Australia. At 1:11 of Round 2, the Thai contender knocked out his Australian opponent.
The co-main event was a ONE Super Series Muay Thai featherweight contest between “Smokin” Jo Nattawut, 28, of Thailand and Yohann Fairtex Drai, 26, of France. The Thai contender knocked out his French opponent in the first round.
The main event of “ONE: Pursuit of Power” was a welterweight bout between Thani and Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 27, of Sweden. The Swedish contender knocked out the hometown hero in the third round.
Watch a “ONE: Pursuit of Power” recap here: