Sweden and Kazakhstan were two of the 21 countries represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor,” the first ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Myanmar. The Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion held it at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on March 8, 2019.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” featured nine MMA matches and five ONE Super Series contests, which are kickboxing bouts. In the main event of the evening, reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, of Sweden defended his title from Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin, 28, of Kazakhstan.
Kadestam and Kichigin were the sole representatives of their respective countries at “ONE: Reign of Valor.”
Training out of Raty Team and Svyatogor, Kichigin is a grappling specialist who hails from Almaty, Kazakhstan. He entered the cage riding an impressive 14-bout win streak, having not lost a match since November 2014.
Training out of Legacy Gym and Pancrase Gym Sweden, Kadestam captured the vacant ONE Welterweight World Championship with a stunning fifth-round knockout of previously unbeaten fighter Tyler McGuire of the United States in November 2018. The Swedish fighter took the welterweight throne by showcasing his dynamic striking skills.
Kemp Cheng served as the referee of the ONE Welterweight World Championship bout between Kadestam and Kichigin. After two five-minute rounds, Cheng raised the hand of the Swedish defending champion, who was declared the winner via technical knockout via retirement.
Winning at “ONE: Reign of Valor” improved Kadestam’s professional MMA record to 12 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Kichigin now has 20 wins and 6 losses.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” Co-Main Event
Phoe “Bushido” Thaw, 34, of Myanmar faced “The Iceman” Yohan Mulia Legowo, 38, of Indonesia in the co-main event. The Burmese contender knocked out his Indonesian opponent in the second round.
Australia, Cambodia, China, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.