Askren to defend title vs. Kadestam at ONE: Shanghai on 2 Sept.
The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship, has just announced its inaugural event in Shanghai, China, which is set to take place on 2 September, at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI will featuring the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent. In the main event, ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren of the United States returns to the cage to defend his title against challenger Zebaztian Kadestam of Sweden.
“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,” said Chatri Sityodtong, ONE Chairman and CEO. “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. The interesting clash of styles should provide fans a solid matchup. Moreover, we have an amazing card planned for fans all across the world. This is a live event you would not want to miss!”
“I am thrilled to announce this partnership with Didi Chuxing, I-Fitness, and TAT as our partnership signifies another incredible moment for martial arts in Asia and ONE Championship. As a lead up to the biggest martial arts event in Shanghai, China on 2 September, ONE Championship will roll out a massive campaign across all media platforms throughout the country.”
A former NCAA Division I All-American, Ben “Funky” Askren is a collegiate wrestling legend who represented the nation at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He is universally recognized as one of the finest martial artists in the world today. Askren joined ONE Championship in 2014, winning the ONE Welterweight world championship in just his second bout. Askren has since successfully defended the title twice, including his most recent victory, a first-round submission of young Malaysian star Agilan Thani in May. Sporting an unblemished 16-0 professional record, Askren seeks to continue his reign as champion, this time against Zebaztian Kadestam.
Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam of Sweden holds a professional record of 9-3, and is a tremendous competitor with a wide array of striking and grappling techniques. 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 via a come-from-behind third-round knockout. Kadestam’s resounding victory quickly earned him a title opportunity, as he is now booked to face the toughest opponent of his career in Ben Askren.
The card will also feature:
Narantungalag Jadambaa vs. Tetsuya Yamada
Miao Li Tao vs. Liu De Li
Xu Chun Yan vs. Eh Ya Nut
Chen Geng Min vs. Peng Xue Wen
Sagetdao Petpayathai vs. Mahmoud Mohamed
Miao Jie vs. Mona Samir
Amir Khan vs. Jaroslav Jartim
Zhang Ze Hao vs. Li Cheng Chao
Marc Marcellinus vs. Tran Quang Loc
The event will stream in the US via OnLine PPV at ONEFC.com/livestream/.